why set intentions anyways?

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why set intentions anyways?

the why + how of intention setting

Written by Michele Tait, our in-house lead for content and media, she also writes our weekly her sunday rituals

If you’ve ever been to a yoga class, you’ve likely been encouraged to set an intention for your practice. How did it make you feel? Did you find yourself flowing through movements a little more effortlessly? Good news is, you don’t need to be a yogi to incorporate these positive vibes into your everyday life. And we’re here to show you how it’s done.

Identifying it

Look at the timeframe in which you’re setting your intention. How can your intention support and guide you mentally, spiritually and physically throughout the day, week, or month? In what way can you actualize this mindful reinforcement through a word or phrase? Choosing an intention isn’t just about seeing physical and tangible results. Think of it as an aid to your internal well-being. Determining the right intention for any given period is about activating the way in which you’ll attract that intention and how you’ll emit it onto others. We like using single words when setting our intentions because it offers so many possibilities in which that intention can be evoked.

Have a big presentation coming up at work? Use intentions like courage, confidence and determination. Stressed out? Calm, peace and strength are all supportive words that can help you refocus your energy in a more positive and effective way. Here are a few other ideas:

  • Love

  • Success

  • Generosity

  • Happiness

  • Forgiveness

Keep it positive and reinforcing, but also authentic to you and your current situation.

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Setting Your Intention

Now, it’s time to announce it to the world. This part is personal and there are no right or wrong way of doing it. For me personally, I like to end each Sunday with a nice bath, a good podcast or book, and take a few moments to reflect on the previous week and welcome the week ahead with a new (or same) intention. I also like to write my intention down in my calendar to be reminded whenever I look at it. Some like to set their intention in a more tangible way, through a yoga session for example. This is also a great way to set it off into the world because you’re physically and mindfully welcoming it through movement. Whatever your chosen method, create your own ritual that honours the intention and sets the tone for the duration of the week or month.

Holding yourself accountable

It’s easy to think of a word and say you’ve set an intention, but it’s a different story when it comes to actually applying it. Check-in with it once or twice a day. Try taking a few quiet moments right when you wake up, focusing on your breath and welcoming the new day with your intention. At night, revisit it and thank it for guiding you throughout the day and ask yourself “What moments in my day did I apply my intention or was my intention reflected back to me?” You’ll notice that finding these moments will motivate you to do or look for it more the following days.

Whatever your method of setting and evoking your intention, being mindful, present and kind to yourself should always be at the forefront of everything you do.

What are some of your favourite intentions? Do you have your own ritual when setting them? We want to know!

 
 

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