As we prepare to enter into a new year, you may want to finally make good on setting some resolutions, for real, this year…
And to help you in that effort we’re planning on bringing in the New Year in a special way…We are going to get our community together for a sweet vinyasa flow, a little yoga nidra, some chanting and general goodness on the eve of the new year. We will close out the year letting what needs to pass through pass through so that we can open to January 1st with grace and goodness coming in to fill the open spaces we create through all the letting go. This a way for you to plant your intentions for 2018 deep in the subconscious where the likelihood of real change exists…
We all know that the superficial day-to-day mind is a champ at rationalizing, conveniently forgetting, overlooking and just plain old not-doing…and yet, combining movement, mindfulness and clarity of intention can open the door to the expansive nature of our own consciousness – the place within us where all kinds of mystery exists, giving us access to the source – where real manifestation exists…
As we all know, intention (or a sankalpa as it is known in Sanskrit – is a solemn vow or determination to perform the conception, idea or notion formed in the heart or mind) is the starting point for every dream to become manifest. It is the creative power that fulfills all of our needs, whether for money, relationships, spiritual awakening, or love.
Everything that happens in the universe begins with intention. The sages of India observed thousands of years ago that our destiny is ultimately shaped by our deepest intentions and desires. The classic Vedic text known as the Upanishads declares, “You are what your deepest desire is. As your desire is, so is your intention. As your intention is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.”
An intention is a directed impulse of consciousness that contains the seed of that which you aim to create. Like real seeds, intentions can’t grow if you plant, water and care for them. Only when you plant your intentions into the fertile depths of your consciousness can they grow and flourish. There are, essentially, five steps for harnessing the power of intention to create anything you desire.
Slip into the Gap
Most of the time our mind is caught up in thoughts, emotions, and memories. Beyond this noisy internal dialogue is a state of pure awareness that is sometimes referred to as “the gap.” One of the most effective tools we have for entering the gap is meditation. Meditation takes you beyond the ego-mind into the silence and stillness of pure consciousness. This is the ideal state in which to plant your seeds of intention.
Release Your Intentions and Desires
Once you’re established in a state of restful awareness, release your intentions and desires. The best time to plant your intentions is during the period after meditation, while your awareness remains centered in the quiet, open field of infinite possibility. After you set an intention, let it go—simply stop thinking about it. Continue this process for a few minutes after your meditation period each day.
Remain Centered in a State of Restful Awareness
Intention is much more powerful when it comes from a place of contentment than if it arises from a sense of lack or need. It is best to state your intentions in positive, present time language. Stay centered and refuse to be influenced by other people’s doubts or criticisms. Your higher self knows that everything is all right and will be all right, even without knowing the timing or the details of what will happen.
Detach from the Outcome
Relinquish your rigid attachment to a specific result and live in the wisdom and magic of the mystery. Attachment is based on fear and insecurity, while detachment is based on the unquestioning belief in the power of your true Self. Intend for everything to work out as it should, then let go and allow opportunities and openings to come your way.
Let the Universe Handle the Details
Your focused intentions set the infinite organizing power of the universe in motion. Trust that infinite organizing power to orchestrate the complete fulfillment of your desires. Don’t listen to the voice that says that you have to be in charge, that obsessive vigilance is the only way to get anything done. The outcome that you try so hard to force may not be as good for you as the one that comes naturally. You have released your intentions into the fertile ground of pure potentiality, and they will bloom when the season is right.
If you can’t make it to class to join us, I might suggest you check this one from youtube…it’s my current favorite:
But don’t stop there, because we then open New Year’s Day with ceremony to cement the intention and chanting to call in the grace we will need to carry our intentions through to action. Join Marley and I in the mid-morning to make good on the momentum of bringing in the energy you want to have carry you through the year!