I'm a big believer of setting intentions and cultivating a stronger sense of self through healthy and creative rituals. When I'm in tune with my personal formula, I'm more in the flow, more magnetic and better able to create and serve from a place of freedom. When I stray too far from tending to my personal needs, I basically become an anxious grouch. No fun. For anyone.
Intention is a creative power. It's where all of our dreams and desires begin. Your focused intention sets things into motion and helps to drown out critical heady voices that can side track your growth. You can set intentions for any aspect of your life. They fuel your ability to consciously create your day, to dream big and push through hurdles, and as Jim Morrison says, to "break on through to the other side!"
Yes, setting clear intentions are like magic, but they are not passive. They require you to put some personal oomph into actualizing them.
Here's four rituals to help you set your intentions into motion and formulate your own personal 'Soul Love Plan' - which will continue to strengthen your ability to set clear powerful intentions. It's a sweet circle.
Take action and start incorporating them into your life right away. Practice them for the next 7 days straight and schedule it in your calendar to make it real. Invite a friend or two to join along. It will make it more fun and you can hold each other accountable. I promise, taking steps like this will fine-tune your intuition, wake up your creative potential and empower your intentions so they come to life.
1. Create an altar in your home. No matter the size, there is always enough space to make it sacred. Your altar can be on a small table or chest, a window sill or even tucked in a corner. Be creative and make it meaningful and beautiful to you. Things you can add: a candle, stones and crystals, fresh flowers, your journal, photos, or notes. Your altar is your special spot to re-connect and re-charge. Sit with your altar once a day for 7 days straight. It can be any time of day, especially when you're craving cozy healing vibes. It's especially nice first thing in the morning.
2. Use your journal and write. If you don't have one, get yourself a new gift or use a pad of paper. Write as much as you'd like for 7 days straight. There's nothing like bringing pen to paper to feel more clear, resolved and inspired. Keep a journal and pen with you (I don't leave home without it) to capture your ideas and visions, note your dreams, jot down inspiring quotes and random experiences, have a melt down, bullet point spiritual aha's so you can reflect on them later. Especially for you teachers and creative types, this will come in handy in your work!
3. Meditate 5 - 15 minutes daily. So, now that you have your altar you have your meditation nook. Carve out at least 5 minutes every day for 7 days straight. Sit longer if you can. Make this a regular practice to amplify your intuition, give you more creative juice, and help your mind feel calm and clear. (Who doesn't want that?!) I can attest, this WILL get easier over time and eventually you will feel off when you miss a day. I like to add in my prayers and set intentions for the day at the end of each meditation. Yes, you do have 5 minutes.
4. Drink a big glass of water first thing every morning. Perform this as a new daily ritual along with the above for 7 days straight. Your body has been cleaning house for 6-8 hours and needs to be hydrated upon waking. If you already do this, great, keep it going! Your body, skin, mind and digestion will love you for it. And you'll love your mornin' poops!
Self Care = Soul Love.
When we take care of ourselves and create habits that connect us to our inner source of power, we feel more in tune with our purpose. The more we begin to set intentions from an open and honest place, the more accessible and powerful this enchanted tool becomes. Be willing to experiment and discover your personal formula. Pay attention to what you FEEL, and stick with the rituals and practices that feel right to you. Since I'm such a visual and experiential person, writing, praying and working with imagery helps me to feel more connected to a source of inspiration that is far larger than me. When I feel off because of neglect, I usually feel sad, anxious and confused. So if you're feeling any of that, it's time to step it up and get on the Soul Love train.
What tools do you have for setting and actualizing powerful intentions? If you were to add one more thing to this list, what would it be?
Comment below and let us know. If you're feeling stuck on any of the above, mention it here and I will help you out. We are hear to inspire one another!