“Intentions are causes that create an effect. Choosing an intention is the fundamental creative act. An intention is a reason or motivation for doing what you do. Every act has an intention….it comes from fear or love.” Gary Zukor
Let’s face it. Meditation is hard to prioritize. It doesn’t feel very comfortable. What should I meditate on? How often should I meditate? Do I use certain words in my intention? Is it okay to use my intentions during Meditation to ask for material things? Should I always use the same Meditation and intention? These many questions often get in the way of our actual action of setting time aside to meditate. Artha is one of the four desires in yoga philosophy (Dharma – duty, ethics, Artha – prosperity, wealth, Kama – pleasure, sensual gratification, and Moksha- the pursuit of liberation). We can meditate on any of these areas as long as we intend to support our soul’s dharma.
Yes, some meditate for hours effortlessly. For me, some days of three minutes are complicated, and I want to avoid it at all costs, and then other days forty-five minutes didn’t seem to be enough, and it came effortlessly. Why is it easier to meditate in the storms of our lives? When a tragedy such as grief and loss happens in our lives all the time, intentions, words spring from us. We hope to Survive the Loss of a Love by Harold H. Bloomfield, MD, Melba Colgrove, Ph.D., and Peter McWilliams and The Ten Things to Do When Your Life Falls Apart by Daphne Rose Kingma. Meditation is a struggle for many of us because we focus on ourselves and control over life rather than a higher power.
Rod Stryker, one of my favorite presenters of the four desires (check out his book The Four Desires), says, “it pays to pursue the meaning of the word itself purusharthas. Purusha roughly means ”soul” – the essential Self that is unchanging, that isn’t born and doesn’t die, but belongs to the means ”the ability or ”for.” Purusharthas means ”for the purpose of the soul; and the very concept asks that you take the broadest view of your life.” ” Are your days balanced in such a way that you feel supported by your inner work? Our spirit is the nonphysical part of us that is the seat of our emotions and character.
Meditate often, honestly, unselfishly, and confidently. Challenge yourself to contemplate often. Two books that help me meditate in the morning and evening are The Daily Om by Madisyn Taylor and Osho First in the Morning by Osho. Meditate until you are clear, inspired and your heart is on fire with love, kindness, and compassion. Now don’t get crazy and act all goofy with your newfound energy and annoying your friends. Just allow your heart and mind to engage with your spirit on an intensely personal level. We do this by meditating daily on love, kindness, compassion, intention, our soul’s dharma. We need to get fired up meditate because it is what magnifies the spirit in our lives.
You can do a burn and release session for setting an intention for 2016, then remove control and let go. Take a moment to sit grounded feet on the floor in your best posture, find your breath and then begin. Take a piece of paper and write everything you want to invoke. On the other side of the article or a new one, write your intentions start with the emotions or events that no longer serve you the things you want to release. These are feelings and circumstances that you want more of.
Now say something like:
I no longer need the lessons that these feelings, things, or circumstances would teach me. If I haven’t already, I vow to learn these lessons. Differently, that feels better and opens my heart.
Burn the list!
I invite these emotions and circumstances into my life this time to serve my highest and best good. I intend that these things will fuel me to be of better service, be more present, and keep my heart open.
Burn the list!
Suggested intentions to release might be: Thinking you are not enough, breaking promises, dwelling on the past, worrying about the future, living up to others’ expectations, comparing yourself to others, etc. Suggested things to invoke might be fun, financial freedom, intimacy, connection, creativity, etc.
Meditation isn’t an option for those wanting to live with mindfulness.
What priority do you place on Meditation?
How do you show this?
How can you benefit from writing out your intentions?
What are the disadvantages to writing them out?
How sincere and honest are you in Meditation?
How can you avoid doing meaningless Meditation or having been nap time?
What should we practice, and what should we avoid? Make a List!
Developing Meditation and intention toward our greater good draws people to us!
Taking a Fast Challenge:
Fasting is a spiritual discipline that powerfully directs our attention towards a higher power. Consider for the next two weeks replacing breakfast, lunch, or dinner with Meditation. Four ideas or places to start your meditation practice from could be:
Candle gazing for 3 minutes daily
Transcendental Meditation for 20 minutes daily (repeating an om )
Doing a guided meditation from your iTunes account.
Following your breath in and out for a predetermined amount of time.
Meaningful-have this be quality time for you
Educate- yourself on what you should practice and should avoid
Discipline- to be honest, confident often and to prioritize your practice
Intention-allow the healing process to be what it needs to be for your greater good
Try- keep trying keep practicing
Appointment- make one meditate
Train- physical movement is good & makes sitting for prolonged periods easier.
Each- day, ask how we can be part of the greater good.