The Energy of being intentional.
||“Reflective thinking turns experience into insights.” - John c. Maxwell
Last year I started a mantra series on my Social Media channels, with the intention to feature mantras on a regular basis so they can serve as a prompt to pause, reflect and align us to a positive state of being. Mantras are a simple yet powerful tool, supporting us in being more intentional. There is nothing better than starting your day with intention and, following through with your intention(s).
Definition of intention – intentional.
- Oxford Languages defines intention as a thing intended, an aim or plan. Interestingly, in the medicine context it stands for the healing process of a wound. Adjective intentional: done on purpose; deliberate
- Merriam-Webster describes it as what one intends to do or bring about as well as a determination to act in a certain way. Adjective intentional: done by intention or design.
When I feel into 'intentional', I automatically think of Spearmint essential oil, its refreshing scent and the wisdom it holds - beautifully explained in Robbi Zeck's book The Blossoming Heart. I use this amazing book in the clinic every day and Spearmint shows up regularly for clients.
Here is why - Spearmint supports the shift from feeling weary to invigorated, strengthening our commitment to the evolutionary process, growth and expansion. It brings these key insights (quoting from The Blossoming Heart):
- Your energy drives your body, and it is your intention that drives your energy
- There is a power that comes with setting an intention
- Accomplishments are achieved with greater ease when your energy and your intention are truly aligned.
Tools & techniques to nurture an intentional way of Being.
Being intentional helps me to slow down, focus and be more present in the moment – these are some of the ways how I foster an intentional mindset:
- Create space in the evening or before going asleep to set a positive intention for the next day – this can be as broad or as specific as you wish it to be; this way it can all percolate overnight while you are sleeping, waking up fully charged
- Upon waking, take a few conscious deep breaths and remind yourself of your intention - do this ideally in combination with your grounding practice - click here to read The Value of Grounding
- During the day, repeat a mantra or affirmation such as “I am intentional” or “My energy and intention are truly aligned.” - feel free to create a tailored mantra/ affirmation that best describes your intention set for the day (or week) –> if you know you get easily caught up in your day to day activities, try setting an alarm on your phone to prompt you
- In the evening, set time aside to reflect on your day and your intention (ideally in writing); evaluate with compassion and objectivity:
- What worked well, what didn’t work so well and why
- How you can learn from it as well as any other key experiences, reactions or emotions
- This doesn’t have to take long but will give you an opportunity to write things down, get it out of your mind and will also serve as a tool to develop strategies or recognise patterns, habits or behaviours
- Consider combining this with a gratitude practice i.e. write down or ponder with awareness 3 things you are grateful for, lifting your energetic vibration and, ending the day on a positive note
- Use this time to decide on your intention for the next day or reaffirm the one you’ve set for the week.
The key is practice and consistency - I encourage my clients to make these tools their own and adjust them as they see fit.
Setting intentions and creating carefully chosen moments of reflection – instead of mind chatter, worry or overthinking - opens us to awareness, insight and inspiration, enabling perspective and a level of higher consciousness.
||How do you feel about being more intentional?
|| What does it look like for you?
Enjoy exploring a more intentional lifestyle, please reach out if I you have any questions and/or if I can provide support in any way.
With inspiration and intention,