If you tried to
sail a sailboat without a rudder, you would have a problem. The boat
would go where the wind blew, but you wouldn’t have much influence on
the where you were going. Our lives can be like that unless we are
clear on our intentions. Some people let the winds of life blow them
around. They take a passive approach toward the events that affect
them. They feel powerless. Feeling powerless they are ineffective and
Getting clear on our intentions can have a profound effect on the
direction of our lives and our sense of empowerment. Intention is what
we choose. It is what we want. It is where we are willing to direct our
energy. When we get clear on our intentions, things begin to happen.
We have much more power over our mind/body and the events we invite
into our lives than most of us recognize. It is possible to learn to
affect the workings of our autonomic nervous system (emotions,
breathing, heart rate, digestion) and our immune system through
directing our intentions. We can draw opportunities toward us, open our
mind to new possibilities and create the kind of life we prefer by
steering with the rudder of our mind.
Use journaling to clarify what is important to you, what you want in
your life, and where you are going.
Set goals. Decide what you want to do and be and have. Think
long term and short term. Write down your goals and review them from
time to time. Activate some emotion around your goals. If you don’t
have any positive emotion on them, why do you have them? If there are
emotions that block your clear intention, such as fear of success or
feeling unworthy, work through those blocks.
Visualize. Create mental images of the conditions you wish
for. Build a picture in your mind of what you want. Picture it often.
Engage your emotions in the process. When visualizing, be creative and
engage as many of your senses in the imagery as you can.
Pray. Direct your thoughts to a higher power. Voice your
intention and open yourself to receiving.
Affirm. Use affirmations to support your intention. Repeatedly
say or write the thought you want to impress upon your consciousness.
State your affirmation as if it were true in the present. State it as a
positive statement, not as a negative one. Focus on what you want
rather than what you don’t want. Again, put some emotion into the
Act and form habits. Once you get clear on your intention, you
may actually have to do something about it. Expose yourself to
opportunities. Build the habits that support your intent. If you want
to be a writer, write. If you want many friends, be friendly. If you
want good health leave behind habits that impair your health and take
up those that will improve it. If you want clarity of mind and peaceful
emotions, meditate regularly.
While drawing your future toward you from the field of infinite
possibilities, practice being in “The Now” as well. This may seem
tricky, but don’t forget that this moment is all we really have. At any
moment we have a vast number of events that we could focus upon, and a
nearly infinite number of perceptions we could have. The next moment,
we have a new set of events and perceptions that come into our
consciousness. When we set our intention, we are setting a heading
toward which we will steer our mind. Yet in the act of steering toward
our destination, we are where we are now. Remain mindful of the present
moment as you act with intention.
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