“Set an intention.”
My friend and yoga instructor said at the start of class. “What do you want to get out of this session?”
“Maybe you want to feel joy or peace,” she continued. “Maybe you want to improve in flexibility or mindfulness.”
The intention I set for myself was: do not die. Not technically an intention, I suppose. But a goal at the least. It had been months since my last yoga class. My stiff and inflexible body did not feel prepared. My perfectionist mindset feared failure, falling face-down on the mat and making a huge embarrassment out of myself.
Here’s the good news: I did not die.
Here’s the better news: the idea of setting an intention resonated with me for more than just yoga, but also for life in general.
Outside of yoga, I have also heard the term “intention” in the Christian dating sphere–insert eye roll here. From my experience, when a guy and girl are doing a good ole DTR (Define The Relationship), usually a question that comes up is: What are your intentions?
Like in yoga and Christian dating, it is important for us to recognize our intentions and set purposeful expectations. It is important for us to go into big decisions like friendships, relationships, life-altering changes noticing where we are, what we want, how we’ll get there.
Lately, I have been addressing my intentions.
I am heading into some big life changes–like attending law school–and I want to be aware with how I am approaching these changes and what the desires of my heart are.
I think with law school, my one-word intention is purpose. I want to be purposeful with how I approach it. I want this education to prepare me well for a career in law, but with purpose and meaning.
In case you haven’t noticed, I have also been revamping this creative space: renaming, new layout, etc. I think with this new blog direction, my one-word intention is impact. I want to make an impact with what I write and what I share. I want to create positive ripples of effect by sharing wisdom that can lead to peace, wellness, hope.
Here is my call to action:
I encourage you to identify your intentions. Your intentions for your relationships, your life goals, your meaning. I encourage you to see where your heart lies and what you want and how you’ll get there.
And I encourage you to continually check-in on those intentions, see if you are straying from them or holding to them well. I believe this will make you feel more self-aware and more attune to your purpose and meaning.