The Power of Intention

Be Well Be Happy

This past week, a small group of 18 yogis traveled to Menla Mountain for a retreat with the theme, “Living with Intent.” It was powerful and transformational for many of the us. The following column is a repeat from earlier in the year when the focus was on intentions. I hope this helps as a reminder to all to set your intentions!

“Sankalpa” is a Sanskrit word meaning an intention formed by the heart and mind. A solemn vow, determination or will. It is your connection to your deepest heart and soul longings. Aligning with your truth, your heartfelt desires. So very powerful and strong, yet we tend to ignore them and float through life doing whatever we have to do to survive, overlooking the subtle signs trying to guide us on our journey.

“San” means truth and “kalpa” means vow or intention. Truth, meaning what do you really want to do with your life. Mary Oliver’s famous quote, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

You have the power to live your life in a very special, purposeful way but, often you develop habits that inhibit your true happiness and health. Well, there is always time to set new intentions and start over, the new moon is a great time to reset. The easiest way to make positive change is state a confirmation that you would like to see for yourself such as, “I want to be healthy and strong as I age.” Or, “I want to help others less fortunate than myself.” So many things you can put in motion but it starts with a heartfelt intention. You don’t have to be perfect but it should come from your heart where you will find your truth. The mind tends to overtake the heart, so beware.

Looking at the moon each night, I am often amazed at the beauty as it changes each evening. The most beautiful transformation in such a short period of time. It’s a slow process but before you know it, you have a magnificent full moon. Much has happened in your life in that short period of time that the moon blossomed into its fullness. You think to yourself, what positive changes have I made in my life in this one moon cycle? How have I contributed to society to make it a better place to live and work? What am I doing to keep my body and mind healthy? What are my goals and intentions for the next moon? There are so many opportunities to do good things in this one precious life. Can you think of one way you can help someone else?

The truth is your intentions come from a very deep place inside your heart. You will find the answers in complete silence. No TV, no internet, no music, no chatter, just quiet.  Meditation is the greatest asset and everyone can do it. No wrong way, no right way. Just sit or lay in the peaceful space within the striking landscape of your body. The breath or a mantra can be your focus. From this unique place, you will begin to set intentions and goals for yourself. You will no doubt begin to reach out to others to help them find their intentions. 

It is the power of intention that changes us to be better people. My personal intentions are always made with a higher force.  Whether you believe in it or not, you can set an intention but let it be from your heart space.

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