‘There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.’
– Albert Einstein
What is an intention? According to Deepak Chopra, an intention is the starting point of every dream. It is the creative power that fulfills all of our needs. He says everything that happens in the universe begins with intention.
Every morning, as the old adage says is the beginning of your life. This is so true on so many different realms. Yet, most people, including myself find it difficult to do. Whether it be the long, laundry list of to-dos, or that one thing that you just can’t seem to get off your mind. What can we do? This is the way my life is. I have been this way all my life.
Starting your day on a positive note is the difference between a great day and a not so wonderful sojourn. Turns out there is something we can do and should.
There have been several people in my life, mentors, who have left indelible marks in my life and who have shaped me into the person I am today. From each I have taken away a gift! Rituals, mantras, life perspectives… I could go on, the list is large. But suffice to say, everything I have learned I have tried to infuse into my life. Of course, some things better than others, but that’s okay; we are a work in progress!
Set Your Intention
Begin your day with an intention. The Chopra Center has 5 steps to setting your intentions. It is probably the most important thing you should do every day! Keep in mind, your intention does not have to be different every day, but it is still important that you say it anyway to internalize it and have it materialize. You are setting positive energies for yourself and your day.
I also like to add, and I’m still in bed while I do this, gratitude. Right at the moment when I finally gain consciousness from my sleep, I thank my Higher Power for giving me the gift of a new day.
My Intentions Interrupted
Things happen! That’s for sure and even our best intentions can go awry. One of the most important ways to respond to this is probably the simplest thing to do, yet the hardest to set in motion. It takes practice, practice, practice. One mentor, who I hold dear even after our personal, physical visits ended, left me with this: “Start your day again.”
Huh? That is something that I just couldn’t get, at the beginning. “How do I start my day again? The alarm went off five hours ago!” “C’mon, it’s 6pm, things are winding down…”
Intentions Are All About Perspective
As you go through your day, even when you set out to have the best day ever, things happen. Sometimes things creep out of the floor cracks and you did not see them coming, so they catch you off-guard and throw your best intentions out the window. Most of us become overwhelmed and say, “Well, there goes nothing.” On other occasions we might say, “I knew it, what’s the point?”
Turns out it’s not that hard to do, but like I said before it takes practice.
One thing that works for me is to say, with intention, “Okay here we go, time to start again.”
It requires actual thought and doing. I had to purposely say it to myself to make it work, but after time and time again, it finally started to work and I was able to change my thought process and bring myself to a more positive space.
So, What do you think
Tell me how you do it!