Goal setting is all the buzz this time of year. Whether it be weekly, monthly, or yearly, goals do have a place in our lives. They provide a way of helping us get our desires on paper, and out into the universe. They help us to visualize what it is that we would like to create, and they provide us a frame of reference throughout the year.
There is, however, another practice that has been far more beneficial in our lives. This practice finds a balance between being so rigid you can’t see any other way, and a complete lack of clarity and direction that you feel you don’t know which way to turn. These two extremes often happen without the daily practice of setting intentions.
What is the difference?? Setting intentions each morning allows you to co-create a life you love with God leading the way. It says, here are my intentions for the day, but I am open to where you need or want me to go.
For example, our daily practice looks something like this… wake up, grab our coffee ;), journal, headphones, and head to our favorite sacred space. Once we’re comfy on our cushion, we begin to write out our list of things to get done that day, but also our intentions. Our intentions often include something like this…
*taking a moment to take a couple deep breaths when we feel like we are being triggered
*choosing foods that are nourishing to our body
*seeing the light in others, and finding compassion when it’s challenging
*being present in the moment
We also have a favorite desire mapping journal by Danielle Laporte that we use in our morning practice. It’s perfect for guiding our day by how we want to feel, which is the key to living that life you love. When it comes down to it, our intentions and our goals are all about one thing, feeling joyful. Ultimately, that is everyone’s goal. So the intention of moving through your day choosing to see the positive, and choosing to be present, sets you up for that feeling you’re trying to achieve… joyfulness.
Once we’ve done some journaling, we’ll then do a meditation. Sometimes this is 5 minutes, and other times it’s 20. Whatever you have time for that day. We will also choose between a guided meditation, or just sitting with our headphones on listening to calming music. This is the point in our morning ritual where we allow space for ideas, clarity, answers from above, and just simply being with our higher selves.
Whatever your practice looks like, we highly recommend some form of intention setting each morning before you start your day! We’re positive you will see the benefits just like we did!
Do you have a morning practice already? If so, we would love for you to share your favorite tips and what you have found works for you below, and of course if you have any thoughts or questions, let us know!
Cheers to a more mindful New Year for all of us!