Yoga teachers, at least in my experience, tend to ask at the beginning of class “if you would like to set an intention, do it now”. Usually I manufacture an intention, like to focus on my breath, or to keep my mind clear, or even just to dedicate my practice to someone who I think needs a little extra energy in their lives. Today as soon as I heard those words, the word PEACE just came to me, so I made my intention to find peace, presumably within my asanas. As usual, I forgot what my intention was, and halfway through class was like “oh yeah!” and then proceeded to, once again, forget what that intention was. 🙂
On the walk home, amidst an inch of slush and cold water, I was admiring the snow falling, and how I didn’t feel the need to walk fast or get anywhere…and I realized that my intention for class had actually carried over to the rest of my day. We all know that yoga creates a calmer, clearer state of mind in general and I usually have a lovely walk home…but I rarely experience my intention so directly. I relished the peaceful walk home, grateful for the cool wind on my hot yoga cheeks.
Intention spans throughout all areas of life, not just a yoga day. When I was looking for work, I had a very strong intention to work at a certain place. I would have done anything to work there! And lo and behold, I am cleaning the showers and toilets in said place. Don’t get me wrong, I love working there! If I have to clean, I could not be in a better place to do it. But here’s the kicker. I decided that for my next job I would set a higher “standard” for my intention (thanks to a wonderful friend’s advice – you know who you are!)…I said to myself that with my experience and adaptability, along with my discipline and motivation, I should be the one in charge. Now I have been blessed with a position of collaborative and managerial opportunity at a place that is only going to become grander, busier, and will encompass all the things I personally want to promote in life.
Be clear with your intentions…I had too many out there in the universe and I am sure I confused things! Yes there are many things I want to do in my life (Yoga teacher, Holistic Nutrition, Doula, and now investigating becoming an Ayurvedic Counselor….). I may not know which ones I am supposed to go for first – perhaps that’s a sign that I should be taking time to meditate, clear my mind, and allow the signs and signals to come to me. I think it’s important to make things happen, but it’s also important to know when to step back and enjoy the show! Then one day, you have a lovely conversation after a yoga class, and everything falls into place…..
A wise line from the book The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – “When you want something all the universe conspires to help you acheive it.”