Off The Mat: Part II • Intention

March 10, 2017

This past week, the greatest lesson that has influenced me was "intention". 

 

Before doing anything, what is the intention I put into it? It is feels like laying down the train tracks for which I want my train to be on. I can have a checklist. I can do my tasks and feel the satisfaction of the completion. I can go from point A to B and celebrate my goal. But imagine celebrating the journey. Having a constant notification at the back of your mind whenever your being sways to react to the dramas along the way; your intention. This past week, the greatest lesson that has influenced me was "intention". Before doing anything, what is the intention I put into it? It is feels like laying down the train tracks for which I want my train to be on. I can have a checklist. I can do my tasks and feel the satisfaction of the completion. I can go from point A to B and celebrate my goal. But imagine celebrating the journey. Having a constant notification at the back of your mind whenever your being sways to react to the dramas along the way; your intention.

 

Intention puts depth and meaning to your task. It is like salt in your food. Or chilly even. It has a special kick, but opens up the senses yet focuses them more at the same time. While practicing yoga, there’s always an intention behind your practice, there’s an intention to why I’m standing on my mat today. I took this concept ‘off the mat’ with me this week.

 

An intention could be simply saying literally your intention before doing an action or waking up, "today I shall be mindful" or "now I will begin" or asking a question "what is the lesson?" or "what color should I wear today?" or feeling a certain emotion that you want to infuse in your food for example; focusing on the word "love" or "health". In yoga philosophy, this intention is known as ‘sankalpa’.

 

The more you practice setting your intention or sankalpa, the deeper your roots and branches go. From surface intentions, till the links and depths of the bounties of Nature's sources, spirit and God. It is a very light feeling with a very deep calmness and satisfaction that warms the heart. 

 

I invite you to do a small test and notice if there is a shift that occurs, emotionally and energetically. Do a chore because you have to. Then do that same chore another time, holding the intention of beauty in your heart and being. Sense your emotions and energy after either, and even the room's energy. Make sure you’re doing that with your yoga practice or even try it with prayer. To me there was immediate lightness as "expectations" and other emotions of lower vibrations as well as distracting thoughts were lifted. 

 

Let intention be like a sweet smelling perfume you adorn yourself with on your journey which you take one step at a time, treading lightly but rooted deeply. 

 

*Sankalpa (Sanskrit: संकल्प) means conception or idea or notion formed in the heart or mind, solemn vow or determination to perform, desire, definite intention, volition or will. - Wikipedia

 

Love, 

Zeina

 

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