For millions of people around the world, meditation is a positive part of their daily routine. Perhaps you are one of them. If you are, then be wary of your meditation becoming TOO routine.
I cannot stress just how important it is to understand the role of intention and how it can transform your meditations completely.
The power of intention is one of those things that is very easy to underestimate, but when you make a declaration of intention you begin to concentrate your whole being on whatever it is that you aim to achieve.
When it comes to meditation, the power of intention can be a powerful ally. When you express an intention to have a deep meditation, you make a small but powerful commitment to yourself that can really help to focus and deepen your meditation. Making a declaration of intention might seem like a trivial mental exercise, but it’s so much more powerful than we give it credit for.
Setting your intentions is an incredibly easy thing to do. All you need to do is come up with a positive intention statement that sums up what you intend to do. If you intend to meditate deeply, then you might use a positive intention statement such as:
“I now intend to meditate deeply for the next thirty minutes. During this time I will give my full attention to this guided meditation. I devote my mind, body and spirit to this experience."
Your positive intention statement should be personal and meaningful to you. It need not be a page long! A few well chosen words may be all that’s needed for you to feel a connection with your intention.
Take your intention seriously. Feel the words as you speak them. Mean what you say. If your declaration of intention is sincere, it will be all the more powerful. Each time you sit to meditate, begin by repeating your positive intention statement to yourself, either mentally or out loud.
I should also mention that you do not need to repeat the exact same positive intention statement every time you meditate. In many respects, your declaration of intention will be more powerful if you are spontaneous and speak of your intention “in this moment”. In other words, be creative, speak from your heart.
Imagine that every day, you were to tell your partner about how much you love them. They would probably be very grateful for your loving attention. But imagine if you just repeated your declaration to them in the exact same way every single day.
Your declaration of love would probably start to seem rehearsed and would eventually lack meaning. Intentions are much like declarations of love. They need to be constantly revitalized with originality and spontaneity, and more than anything they need to be sincere. Don’t let your enlightened intentions become dulled by repetition and monotony.
Like the old saying warns, “familiarity breeds contempt”. When you do something on a daily basis, it can be easy to gradually pay less and less concerted attention to what it is that you are doing.
So don’t let meditation become as routine as brushing your teeth! Meditate with passion! When you sit to meditate, remind yourself of why you choose to meditate. Use the power of intentions and absorb your whole self in the act of meditation. The right attitude, and the clear intention to meditate deeply will elevate your meditation to a whole new level.
Quite often the line between a deep meditation and a “wishy washy” one is the clear desire and intention to meditate deeply. The next time you take time out to meditate, begin by vocalizing and feeling your intention to meditate deeply and notice the profound difference this can make.
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