Last year, I wrote a blog on “New Years Intentions”. I had read how Rodney Yee thought resolutions were negative because it meant people were not happy in the present moment and needed to resolve the problem. I also realized making resolutions set people up for failure and frustrations. Therefore, I changed my perspective on the concept of “new year’s resolutions” and instead focused on setting intentions for 2014. Looking back over the year, I believe having a shift in this mindset and putting what I wanted out to the universe allowed me to have an enjoyable, transforming year.
Setting intentions is positive. It is about possibilities and hope, not solving problems and disappointments. It is looking at the now while focusing on what you want for the future. It is about putting something out to the universe and seeing the universe respond-which is an amazing feeling.
“Intention is the starting point of every dream. It is the creative power that fulfills all of our needs, whether for money, relationships, spiritual awakening, or love. 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.” ~Deepak Chopra
One of my intentions for the year of 2014 was to meditate more. I started reading a lot about Deepak Chopra’s beliefs and utilizing his meditation style. It was not easy, in fact it was very hard to work through all the chatter in my brain, the emotions arising, the memories reigniting, while trying to stay still-it is still a daily challenge. But as the months went on, I started “craving/needing” my meditation. If a day or two passed without my calm time, I saw how it affected my daily life.
It was during my precious meditation time that I started setting more intentions, “may I have compassion today”, “may I feel present with my students”, may I let go”. It has been such a remarkable transformation. I even set an intention at a new moon gathering in August to start meditating as soon as I woke up so I can start my school day in a positive, calm state. Which I am still doing! I may be waking up at 5:30, but adding meditation to my morning yoga routine makes me feel energized and empowered.
So, a year later, the intention to “meditate more” as become a part of my daily life. My husband even bought me an altar, mala beads, and a Buddha for Christmas because he recognized it is a part of who I am now, it became my destiny. The desire to meditate, which became my intention, became my will, as my will is my deed, and my deed my destiny.
In this new year, a new day of hope and possibilities, what intention will you set? What will you have the universe hear and respond to?
“Intentions compressed into words enfold magical power.” ~ Deepak Chopra