Set Your Mindfulness Intention

You will not fully realise the benefits of mindfulness if your intention is not good enough or too vague. It is important not to confuse your intention with a goal or target. A goal is what you seek to achieve whereas an intention is more the purpose and why for doing it, along the attitude that you bring to it.

Intention

Noun | In – ten – tion

  1. What one intends to bring about or do
  2. Act in a way with a determination

Your intention should come from the heart and not be goal or target orientated. For example a goal would be something like “I’m being more mindful to lose an amount of weight” whereas an intention could be something like “I’m being more mindful to help myself be more compassionate” or “I’m being more mindful to become stronger emotionally”.

WHAT YOU THINK YOU BECOME.
WHAT YOU FEEL YOU ATTRACT.
WHAT YOU IMAGINE YOU CREATE.
BUDDHA

Your intention is very important as it is the first step towards becoming and manifesting what it is you want to achieve. Without intention there is no direction or purpose, so setting the correct intention couldn’t be more important and will help you focus your mind, heart and soul into bringing it about.

Help Finding Your Intention

Getting your head around setting your intention isn’t always easy when you start thinking about it. There are so many intentions you could choose and probably more than one appeals initially. When choosing what your intention is going to be, make sure it is aligned with your general perspective on life and thoughts about who you are and want to be. Be realistic and don’t set an intention that is impossible for you to achieve.

How you phrase your intention is almost as important as the actual intention itself. It should always be positive and not include any negative words. It can be a phrase or just a single word. For example it could be “compassion”, “love”, “peace” or “freedom” and it should not be something like “have less fear”.

Some common intentions used by others are:

Health, Peace, Love, Balance, Courage, More compassion, Connect with others, Feel steady and calm, Open mind.

Some questions you can ask yourself to help identify what your intention could be:

“What matters most to me right now?”

“What would I like to let go off?”

“What makes me most proud?”

“Who would I like to forgive in my life?”

“What are you grateful for in your life?”

“Which word would I most like to align myself with?”

“Why do I want to be more mindful?”

“What do I want in my life in the future?”

You should always say to yourself either in your head or out loud what your intention is before you meditate or actively practice mindfulness. Key is to restate your intention whenever you can, especially when you feel you need it, for example, when you are stressed, doubting yourself, etc. It will help you become grounded again and remind you what your focus should be.

BE MINDFUL OF INTENTION.
INTENTION IS THE SEED THAT
CREATES OUR FUTURE.
JACK KORNFIELD

John Burley

John Burley lives in Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom and is the author of Mindfulness for the Mindless due for publication on 2nd April 2018. He is also the director of a software development company producing software solutions to mainly the gaming industry. He blogs about mindfulness at www.amindfulway.blog which has a growing following both on the blog itself, the accompanying Android app and on social media too.

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