The custom of creating a new year’s resolution is a way in which we can be self-reflective and focus on the areas in our lives we would like to improve. However, many resolutions tend to fail because they are simply not the correct resolution to make. The power of intention is a spiritual tool we can use that may lead to practical changes. By offering the universe an intention in place of setting a resolution, you can begin to identify with a higher vision of your life. When you set an intention, you are activating your receptivity and putting out into the universe that which you intend to attract. Below are some tips on how you can start an intention-setting practice.
Take time to reflect on what is most important to you. Give yourself 1-2 hours of distraction-free time. Think about your experiences over the last 6-12 months and focus on answering questions, such as these:
- What fills you with a sense of purpose?
- What brings you the greatest joy?
- What challenges have you overcome?
- What have you learned about yourself?
After your period of reflection, make a list of your intentions and desires.
2. Find the Gap
“The Gap” is a state of pure awareness. It is the space between the clutter of our thoughts and the silence between the chatter of our inner dialogue. It is where the mind stands completely still. It is through cultivating this level of present moment awareness that we can experience inner wisdom and joy. One of the most effective tools we have for entering the gap is meditation. The stillness of pure consciousness is the ideal state in which to focus on planting the seeds of intention.
3. Set Your Intentions Free
Once you reach this state of restful awareness, release your intentions. Do so after your meditation, while your mind is still centered. Set your intention and then let it go. Simply stop thinking about it. Thus, releasing it into the universe. Make this part of your meditation practice for several minutes each day.
4. Stay Centered
The intention is much more powerful when it comes from a place of peace and happiness than from a sense of lacking what we think we want or believe we need. Do not allow yourself to be influenced by others’ criticism or doubts. Remain focused and aware.
5. Disengage with the Outcome
Detachment is based on the unquestioning belief in the power of your true self. Your higher self knows that everything will be alright, even without knowing the timing or the details of what will happen. Attachment to the outcome is based on fear and insecurity. Disengage, and allow all the possibilities and opportunities to come to you.
6. Trust the Universe
Let go and put your trust in the universe. You cannot force the outcome. You can only plant the seeds and your intentions will blossom when the time is right. Ignore the urge to take charge and allow the dust to settle on its own. The outcome you try to force may not be as good for you as the one that unfolds naturally.