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Today's blog post is by Chelsea Call, a yoga instructor at Sundance.
My first real encounter with the word intention was in a yoga class about 4 years ago. I sat there in child's pose, new to yoga, and remember the teacher saying: "As you begin to focus on your breathe set an intention for your practice. Anything. A positive message to yourself or someone else. Anything that serves you well."
Intention is a course of action that one intends to follow, an aim that guides action. In other words, it is using the mind for a higher consciousness. When we set an intention we are open to any outcome. I was once told a beautiful analogy on the difference between thought and intention: Thought is like tying up a care package with string and sending it for delivery to a specific address. Intention is more like being on the other end of a delivery, with or without knowing its sender or contents.
Therefore, intention requires faith. We have to believe in the power of our intentions in order for them to manifest.
It took me a few months of practicing yoga before I truly understood the power behind this word. I came to my mat about 4 times a week and every single time I asked for openness. After ending an unhealthy relationship and suffering terrible anxiety my heart was shut tight. I knew what I had to do, it was simple: open my heart. After a couple months of setting this intention amazing things began to happen. It's from this space that I decided to participate in a yoga teacher training program and I learned what it was like to be in a healthy relationship.
Living with intention will change your life. You will be happier and know what fulfillment feels like. So get out a piece of paper and write an intention, anything. Anything that will help you reach your goals and fill your life's higher purpose. Don't know what your higher purpose is yet? Don't worry, start small. What can you do for yourself that will fill you with goodness and happiness? Do those things align with your goals and values? Start there. You can't go wrong.
Now get out there and live your life with intention!