Happy New Year!
We're almost a week into the new year and it already feels different than last year. Perhaps that is because I spent New Year's Day setting some intentions that framed the year with a totally new perspective. In a sense, setting intentions is like holding space for the year, energizing it and focusing it through a particular lens of desires and priorities.
This is very different than goal-setting. Goals are the tangible results of a set of actions, whereas intentions, in my experience, attract a set of experiences and things that bring about a desired state of being.
When I set an intention, I use the present-tense. If I say it is going to happen in the future, then I'm actually affirming that it doesn't exist, which pushes it away. I claim it as if the experience or thing I'm intending already exists and I'm there with it. This affirms that what I want, I already have, and all that is needed is for me to acknowledge it.
Live as if until it simply is.
Goals have their place, but they feel like work and discipline, whereas intentions feel alive and dynamic, fluid and electric. Intentions have the power the shift the fabric of our consciousness in both subtle and radical ways. Once you plant the seed of intention, it activates an evolutionary process that moves us into new ways of seeing and being.
The key to ground our intentions is to listen to the signs, messages, synchronicities and intuitive nudges we receive and then act upon them. This will accelerate the manifestation of our intentions right away. Actions grounded in our intentions tend to keep us in the flow with life. We feel as though all is as it should be. This keeps the chattering of the ego-mind in check, because instead of directing our actions, it is now in service to our intuition.
Intuition is our Soul's Voice.
It is our direct connection to the Divine, to our Muse and to our Highest Good. When we let this part of us lead, we are in alignment with Life. If you are in a habit of following your intuition, then your intention setting will naturally come from that deep soul place.
This is truly effortless living--the state of being in which work becomes play and we're able to notice the kisses of Grace that touch our lives. In fact, Grace is my word of the year. I chose it as a reminder to get out of my own way, to stop "trying" so hard to make things happen. I could have equally chosen patience, but Grace reminds me to slow down enough to pay attention to the Divine Intervention operating in my life.
Wishing you much love and blessings for a magical, joy-filled new year!