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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Why Setting Intentions Should Be Important To You

Written by: Cathy Chester - an Empowered Spirit

Every week before we begin our first set of stretches my yoga instructor asks the class to set our intentions. Set our intentions? What the hell did that mean? When I began taking yoga I had no idea what it meant. I’d look at my classmates as if they’d provide the answers I was looking for, but nothing. Set my intentions. Hmm.

I would bow my head toward my heart while sitting in the lotus position, my hands resting on my thighs, palms facing up with each thumb and index finger gently touching each another. Then I scrambled to think about my intentions. Set my intentions. Set my intentions. What should they be? I finally thought I’d ask for better balance and the ability to stretch my muscles without writhing around in pain like an idiot. Was that what she meant?
Not completely.
“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
I must have been living under a rock to misunderstand what setting my intentions meant. Our lives are built on intentions. Think about it. We all want to achieve certain goals in our lives that are either short or long term. Our intentions guide us toward achieving those goals.
Money. Relationships. Health. Happiness. Philanthropy. Spirituality. Dreams. Love.
These goals are reminders of what we need to do. Whether we write them down, say them to ourselves or share them with others setting our intentions can change our life.
“Our intention creates our reality.” ~Wayne Dyer
Ever since that first yoga class I’ve read and thought a lot about setting intentions. The concept fascinates me.  At the same time I started yoga the book The Secret exploded onto the American scene, thanks to getting the gold seal of approval by Oprah Winfrey.
Based on the law of attraction, The Secret claims that positive thinking can produce life-changing results to create happiness, wealth and riches. People were relying on that to solve all of their problems. I was skeptical about it from the start. I felt it gave false hope to people who needed to rely on more conventional help. Putting their eggs all in one basket could be a dangerous and unhealthy move.
“The mind is everything. What you think you become.” ~Buddha

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