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The What, Why, and How of Creating Intentions

6.18.15 | By: Callie Smith

Happy Thursday Big Rock Yoga commUNITY! I want to give a special thank you to those of you who are reading this blog, especially Susan Toone who made my day on Tuesday when she said that she liked the blog and would “smile more during class.” Thank you Susan, and everyone. I would love to hear from those of you reading the blog. I would like to know what you like so far, and what you would like me to write about!

For the past two weeks, the teachers, and teacher-trainees at Big Rock have been making daily intentions. Each day, we each post our intention on our Facebook group page. While I resisted making a daily intention at first, now, I realize how much I look forward to creating and posting my own intention as well as reading what others post.

The word “intention” gets used a lot in the yoga community, so much so, that we almost don’t even pay attention to the meaning and significance of “creating an intention.” Here are just a couple of my thoughts about what an intention is, why it is important, and how to create one.

What is an intention?
Some dictionary definitions are:
“the thing that you plan to do or achieve : an aim or purpose"
“an act or instance of determining mentally upon some action or result.”
“a mental state that represents a commitment to carrying out an action or actions in the future. Intention involves mental activities such as planning and forethought.”

I’ve struggled over time to fully define what intention means. I understand the concept of “intention” but when it comes to clearly defining what an intention is, I feel that there is not a single defining way to describe intention. After I wrestled with this ambiguity for a while, I realized that it’s not important to “know” what an intention is in order to make one. An intention is much like many great things that are hard to define such as love, purpose, insight, etc. Actually, I believe that by trying to define intention, we limit what intention can be. Therefore, I believe that an intention is anything that the heart and mind chooses to give energy to.

Why are intentions important?
Continuing my thought from above, intentions are important because they are created and supported by the energy in the mind and in the heart. For this reason, intentions make us accountable to our feelings and thoughts. An intention is an acknowledgement of what our mind and heart aims to be. Once we acknowledge what our mind and heart want to create, then we can set our intention. Creating intentions creates internal communication between our mind, heart, body. Once a line of communication is established, and an intention is formed, then our internal feelings and thoughts can become actions or “shifts” in our life. Just as the physical alignment of our body in yoga is important, intentions internally align our beings.

How to create an intentions?
I always resist telling anyone how to create anything. I believe creativity and creation is a completely personal experience. However, from my experience the best way to create an intention to get a compass and figure out which direction your heart is pointing. Once you know (at least) the direction you want to start traveling towards, send all your energy and love into this place. An intention is not about a “final product” or “end goal.” I prefer to think of an intention as endless. One intention leads to another intention….and these intentions will continue to be inspired if the heart, mind, and body are in unity with the journey.

I wish you all blessed and wonderful days.

All good things,