As a yoga teacher I speak a lot about setting intentions. Dedicated practitioners set an intention at the start of each yoga practice and discuss the empowerment that comes with living our lives intentionally. The natural assumption is that I would approach every decision with intention and purpose since that’s what I coach others to do. The reality is I have been experiencing a major disconnect between these two things.
I have been wrestling with what I should do and what I want to do. I want to teach yoga, write, and create stuff. I teach yoga, I create stuff (ask me about all the homemade things I make with essential oils and I won’t shut up), but I haven’t been writing for any other purpose than my own amusement. This morning I set my intention. I will still teach yoga, I will still create stuff, and I will write with intention. I will stop wondering if my words have merit or if my work resonates with readers. It takes a big leap of faith to follow one’s dreams but the first step is the intention. I just took the first step.
About five minutes after I started writing this post, the following email appeared in my inbox:
In a galaxy far, far away…
Your Hammock has been gently taken by the Relaxation Engineers from the Hammock Sky shelves with soft, velvet gloves and placed into a Mother Ship headed for Earth.
A team of 10 intergalactic minions inspected your Hammock, and polished it to make sure it was in the best possible condition before shipping.
Our packing specialist, Bob, received your Hammock in a starry desert. He lit a candle, and a hush fell over the crowd as he put your Hammock into the finest shipping box that money can buy.
We all had a parade afterwards and the whole terrestrial Hammock Sky team hiked up to a mountaintop post office and waved “Bon Voyage!” to your box, on its way to you, in the next days.
I hope you had a great experience shopping at Hammock Sky on Amazon. We sure did. Your picture is on our wall as “Customer of the Month”. We’re all exhausted but can’t wait for you to come back toHammock Sky!
CEO, Relaxer in Chief, Hammock Sky”
I LOVE this (I also love my new Hammock Sky hammock). I want to be the person who gets to write fun messages and clever marketing pieces! You know what else? I can be good at it, and I mean really good. So, I’m going for it. I don’t know how it will happen but I set my intention and I will make it happen. Wish me luck, will you?
Now let’s talk about you. What have you always wanted to do? What are you really good at? Think about your talents and gifts. We are on this Earth for a short time and we are all endowed with unique gifts. It is our job to use these gifts to the best of our abilities; we should do our best work. The first step is setting an intention. Do it. Set your intention and don’t give up. Ignore the naysayer in your head; ignore the negative self-speak. Yogi Bhajan said, “Your brain will release thoughts, one thousand per wink of the eye. So you have no thinking power.You only have a pursuing power. It is up to you which thoughts you will pursue.”
What is it you want the most at this moment? Change it from a desire into an intention, that’s setting an intention. Set your intention and pursue the thoughts that will best serve it. This is the first step toward bringing your dreams to fruition. I will be cheering for you.