Consider making a new intention today!
Shared from our dear friend and muse Nina Endrst’s upcoming workshop…
Students often ask me about what it means to set an intention. Here, in this editorial series, we will begin to uncover and explore the meaning and importance of intentional living. Together we will dive in and practice the powerful art of positive thinking and manifestation.
What does it really mean when a guide invites you to set an intention? How can we actively participate in the creation of our reality?
About a year before I moved to Tulum, Mexico from NYC, I sat down with a somewhat cloudy vision of what I wanted out of this life. I asked myself this lofty question and wrote what at the time appeared to be the simplest list of all time. (Seriously? That’s all you got, Nina?) The list read:
Yoga. Beach. Peace.
At that time I was desperate for a change — sick and depleted. When I wrote it I had no plans of heading to Mexico — or any beach for that matter — and this list did not resurface in my conscious mind, even when I was offered a teaching gig in Tulum. I stumbled upon it right before I made the move and it was then I truly realized that our words, thoughts, and intentions are so incredibly powerful.
These practices are for everyone — whether intention setting is part of your daily ritual or you haven’t written in a journal since childhood. This is for the dreamers.
Clearing Meditation – releasing limiting beliefs.
We all have limiting beliefs – I’m not smart enough, I shouldn’t do ___, that would be selfish, I’m too old, my friends and family wouldn’t approve… the list goes on and on. It’s easy to get stuck in this dialogue, making it difficult to break free from the chains of our mind and live our happiest, most authentic lives. Think of this clearing meditation as the first step, a small but important step toward whatever it is you dream of.
Find a quiet place in your home or out in nature. Take a few moments to settle in and receive your breath. Notice what’s happening in your physical and emotional body as you begin to slow yourself down. When you feel grounded, start to elongate the breath, inhaling for a count of 4, exhaling for a count of 4, through the nose. Visualize yourself at the beginning of a long, clear and open path with nothing standing in your way. As you breathe, feel yourself walking down this path, sweet air on your face and supportive ground beneath your feet. Stay here for 10-15 minutes. When and if your mind starts to wander, be patient with yourself and gently bring your attention back to your breath count. Release.
Strip away all the stuff — what do you really want?
Perhaps this seems daunting – but instead of allowing the doubt to creep in, try and listen and, more importantly, trust that little voice inside — our intuition is pretty spot on. Only you know what is best for you. Grab a pen and paper and begin to make a list, or perhaps write a letter to yourself in which you paint a picture of your highest reality. What does it look like? How do you feel? Who is with you? What are you doing?
Co–create with the universe through visualization.
Many of us haven’t been taught or have forgotten that we can do anything, that we are, and always have been powerful enough to co-create with the universe. Let yourself tap into your childlike mind for a moment; spirited, imaginative, innocent, naïve, just beginning your journey. Take your list or letter and meditate on it, then draw or find images that evoke happiness and peace and bring it all to life on a vision board. Visualization is magic.
Happy dreaming. <3
+Be sure to check back throughout the month for more from Nina and setting intentions!!