Intention. Defined as an aim, plan or purpose, intentions are essential to any spiritual practice.
I’ve been listening to Deepak Chopra’s Affirmations of the Soul recently and he speaks the following: Intention is a force of nature. Intention is what creates our reality and what orchestrates the fulfillment of our dreams. Intention has infinite organizing power…To get the best result, you must clearly visualize your intended outcome.
Intention is everything. We should always approach our practice with intention. In most of the classes I teach, we work to get clear on our presence and reason for practice. We ask “why am I on my mat today?” This is your intention. Sometimes your intention may be physical, as in “I want stronger legs.” Other times your intention may be spiritual, as in “I wish to cultivate more patience.” Sometimes the intention comes to you quickly and sometimes it’s a little harder to decipher. If you’re not sure, do not worry. Keep asking “why am I on my may today?” and the answers will follow. Getting clear on your intentions helps you stay focused and creates awareness around your practice.