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Setting Intentions: A Gentle Shift Towards Empowerment in 2024

Updated: Apr 1

As the new year unfolds, many of us embark on a journey of self-improvement and growth. This year, I've consciously chosen to replace the word "goals" with "intentions." Why the shift? It's not just a matter of semantics; it's about embracing a more gentle and empowering approach to the path ahead. This shift in terminology carries profound implications. Goals often carry a weight of expectations and deadlines, leading to feelings of guilt or inadequacy when not achieved promptly. Intentions, on the other hand, offer a more forgiving, empowering and uplifting perspective. It's not about the destination; it's about the journey and the positive changes we foster along the way.

As we celebrate new beginnings, it's the perfect time to renew your commitment to personal growth and mindfulness. But let's be clear: YOU ARE ALREADY AMAZING JUST THE WAY YOU ARE!


Our 31 days of yoga together are here to support you on this journey to continue being even more amazing in 2024. 

Understanding the Power of Intentions:
Let's revisit what intention truly means. It's not a rigid demand or an expectation laden with pressure. Instead, intention is like a compass guiding us towards a desired outcome with a sense of purpose and positivity. It's about setting a plan or aim, and then infusing it with the energy needed for manifestation. It aligns with our values.

Intention energy is the vibrational frequency we generate by focusing our expectations on a specific result. Think of it as the fuel that propels us toward our aspirations. The beauty lies in the fact that when we set an intention and genuinely feel its success, we create a powerful force that drives us towards the end result.

A Guide to Gentle Intention Setting:
Here's a simple guide to setting intentions that uplift and empower without the burden of expectation:

1. Craft a Positive, Specific Statement:

   Frame your intention in positive language. Instead of imposing demands, express your desires in a way that resonates with your heart.

2. Silent Repetition with Feeling:

   Repeat your intention silently, allowing the words to resonate within you. It's not just about saying the words but feeling the emotion associated with your aspiration.

3. Visualisation:

   Imagine your intention as a reality. Visualise the end result and immerse yourself in the emotions of achieving it. Keep feeling it resonate in each cell in your body.

4. Focus on Your Breath:

   Inhale deeply the feeling associated with your intention, and exhale any fear or doubt. Use your breath as a rhythmic affirmation of your commitment, creating space for positive energy.

5. Express Gratitude:

   Take a moment to express gratitude for the aspects of your life you're thankful for. Gratitude opens the heart and allows abundance to flow in. When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears. Be thankful in your heart, trusting that your intention is already here. Let the feeling of gratitude create a positive atmosphere for your desires to manifest as gratitude is a state of receiving. Adopt the "Attitude of Gratitude" in your life.

This year, let's not just set intentions; let's embody them. This subtle shift in language reflects a commitment to a gentler, kinder journey. By incorporating practices like visualisation, breathwork, and gratitude into our daily lives, we align ourselves with the transformative power of intentions. Additionally, embracing frequency-raising habits, addressing limiting beliefs, and aligning thoughts, words, actions, and emotions with love further support our intentional path.

Remember, this is not about instant results. It's a patient, empowering journey towards a brighter future. As we navigate through 2024, may our intentions guide us with grace, and may the gentle shift from goals to intentions bring about positive transformations in our lives.

New to meditation? here is a short blog post " An Introduction to Meditation for Beginners" to help you

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