Updated: Dec 31, 2019
The ancient Indian sages who wrote the Brihadaranyaka Upanishads thousands of years ago knew that we shape our lives through our intentions. Ultimately, we can steer our life in the direction we want by placing our attention and intention on that which we deeply desire to manifest in our lives.
2019 is in its home stretch, and the new year is right around the corner. Along with all of the holiday traditions people have, one of the most famously practiced is the “New Years Resolution”- the tradition of acknowledging that with a new year comes a new beginning, and the opportunity to course correct, or set an entirely new trajectory for our life. People generally choose resolutions that include things like drinking less, eating less, exercising more, spending more time with their family, working less, etc. The intentions are good, but the execution is often faulty causing these resolutions to dissipate by springtime.
So what are resolutions and how can we make them stick? Resolutions are decisions to do or not to do something based on a result that we desire. Essentially, resolutions are intentions. They are the road map to get you where you want to go in your life. Intentions are the pilot light inside of us that get our inner fires burning so we can manifest what we wish to create.
How to set your intention and manifest it!
1) You first need to ask yourself what you want. What does your heart truly want? Ask your highest self to define the highest intention that you can set for yourself and become very clear on what you want and why you want it.
2) Once you have an intention, you must put your attention on it so that it can grow and manifest. Think of it this way. Your intention is like a newborn baby. A newborn baby must be fed and nurtured to survive. You don’t bring a baby home from the hospital and care beautifully for it for the first three days and then decide you are too exhausted to continue, and go on vacation for a week. You have to plough through the sleep deprivation and muster the energy to show up for that baby completely so it can grow, get strong and develop properly. Your intentions are your babies. You need to nurture them daily with your time, energy and love until you fall madly in love with them. That’s how you will begin to manifest them!
3) Now that you have your intention babies and are nurturing them daily, what is the best way to stay energized to seeing this whole thing through? The best way to stay motivated to make manifest your intention is to remind yourself constantly of how great it will be once your desire materializes! This requires visualization and imagination. Let's try it together now. Imagine you are sitting in the cinema and your ideal life is the story projected on the screen. Imagine specifically what you see, hear, smell, taste, and feel in the most ideal telling of your story. Feel joy in dreaming it and gratitude in knowing you will receive it.
It’s important to remember that setting an intention is not about wishing for something and willing it into existence. You have to lean in to your intention by taking action steps toward getting what you want. Visualization helps to create the image of what you want and the feeling of having received it. The key is remembering to be consistent in working toward your intentions.