Setting Intents 101: Ten Intentions for Higher Consciousness

  1. I intend to manifest a world where war is a fictional concept than reality.
  2. I intend to choose respond over reactions.
  3. I intend to witness God in everything and everywhere.
  4. I intend to live a life of example.
  5. I intend to receive abundance from known and unknown sources.
  6. I intend to take myself lightly.
  7. I intend to forgive myself and others.
  8. I intend to practice unconditional love.
  9. I intend to make meditation part of my lifestyle.
  10. I intend to make someone smile today.

How to use intention in your meditation?
Start your meditation with a few deep breathes and silently observe the stillness within. Thereafter, bring your awareness to your heart and choose your intention. Now, simply observe the movement of breath in and out. Continue to let go off all the grudges and suppressed emotions. Don’t identify your thoughts with yourself. Witnessing the activity of mind is the best thing you can do during meditation. In the end, take few moments to be grateful for the intention you chose. Stick to one intention for few days before quickly moving on to the next one.

The Art of Intention
Your intention is the driving force in your consciousness. Setting an intention is almost equivalent to creating a map of where you wish to go. Without having an intention, you are on a road with no destination; however you cannot create it forcefully. It’s a seed that you sow, and you must let it reap on its own. You cannot force your mind to create an intention that you don’t believe in at all. If done forcefully, the purpose intention is ruined.

In the ancient Eastern ritual Yagna, the scholars performing the Yagna always ask the Yajmaan, the person for whom Yagna is being performed, for the Sankalpa, or the intention announcement, behind doing the Yagna. All the ancient Eastern rituals set emphasis to the Sankalpa before they initiate any new step. Be it a Yagna for personal growth, marriage or to attain spiritual powers, the Sankalapa must be prepared very carefully. Advanced scholars often boast about their proficiency in completing the Sankalapa for a Yagna. People who are familiar with science of Yagna always look for experts in the Sankalapa field although it lasts for just a minute, while the rest of Yagna takes an hour or more. Consider your intention as a modern version of the Sankalapa. You need to be well versed in it!

Let’s review some important points about your intentions:

1. Positive Intention: Make sure the intention is set in positive words. For example, if your intention is to remove stress, then say something like, “My intention is to invite peace and calmness within myself with today’s meditation” rather than saying, “My intention is to fight stress with today’s meditation.” Avoid using any negative words. The chosen intention should be positive, uplifting and always in the present tense.

2. Keep Evolving Your Intention: Our minds are very clever. Whenever we bring something new to it, the first reaction is always one of surprise. As time goes along, the mind stops paying attention to the new entrant. A perfect example of this occurs when we walk into a fragrant room — we sense the odor immediately, but after few minutes we don’t sense the smell at all. Likewise, when we drive a new route, we pay attention to even smaller details, but after couple of rounds there, we start driving with no conscious effort. The same can happen with your intention. If you stick with the same intention for weeks upon weeks, your mind will stop responding to it. The best way to address this challenge is to keep evolving your intention or goal. For instance, if your intention on the first day is to invite peace and calmness after few days, you may change your intention to “My intention is enjoy the peace I create in myself.” Please be advised not to change your intention or goals constantly. Instead, keep on polishing and enhancing it.

3. Short -Term Intention: It’s considered more practical to set an intention for a short-term goal rather than a long-term one. The best practice is to divide your long-term intention into few shorter intentions. This will help you achieve a grandiose goal in more powerful segments. For example, if your intention behind the meditation is to become specialized in your profession, then see the steps involved in specializing in your field. The first few steps might be to obtain good grades in prerequisite exams. Then, you may need to land a leveraging internship for experience. Finally, after successfully manifesting your short-term intentions, you will reach the actual goal that you had nurtured in the beginning.

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