Several years ago, an obvious newbie with no mat and some brightly colored gym shorts, I walked into a yoga studio for the first time. Sensing my confusion, the instructor eased me onto a borrowed mat in the back of the room which, I am sure, had something to do with the gym shorts!! As I sat cross-legged on the floor with my eyes closed and paying attention to my breathing, the instructor says "set your intention for the class". WHAT?? My only intention was to get through the class without passing gas!! (Those who have ever been to a yoga class will understand this!)
So what does "set your intention" really mean? IMHO, it's this generation's word for goal setting and I'm totally good with that. While a necessary component for success, "goal setting" just sounds so 1980. So, whether it's for the day, the week, the year or just an activity you're about to start, setting your intentions it is.
Here are a few thoughts as you "set your intention" -
- Keep it positive. Make sure your thoughts are uplifting.
- Make sure it can evolve, be fluid to move and change with you.
- Aim for short-term - start with a daily intention and move into longer term as you grow in your practice.
- Set tomorrow's intentions the night before. Then review and allow your subconscious mind to work on your intentions while you sleep.
- Prioritize your tasks for best results.
- Anticipated challenges that may derail your intentions.
- Visualize success - see yourself living the intentions you've set.
- Celebrate success!
What are your intentions for today? How do you set them? How do you visualize? We hope that you will share in the comments below.
PS - For those who are curious, I did make it through that first class without any embarrassing "toots"!!