This year, instead of making New Years resolutions, I have decided to create a list of 2018 intentions.
Well, let’s get straight to the point. The term NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS means you are looking to RESOLVE something. FIX SOMETHING. You don’t need to be fixed. And neither do I. We aren’t broken. We are whole and we are right where we need to be right now in this moment.
There is always room for growth. There is always room for new adventures and new beginnings. So I decided intention setting was how I wanted to start my new year.
If you want to see exactly what my NYE intentions are, head over to my instagram page. But for now, I am going to take you through the 5 magical steps I will be completing to set my intentions for 2018.
1. Letting go of 2017
While 2017 was a magical year for me, there are always ebs and flows in life. And there are of course negative experiences, habits, memories, that I wish to let go and move on from. Therefore, I think its important to release the negative energy that I wish to leave in 2017. In order to do so, I plan on writing out any bad habits, emotional experiences, things I wish to wrap up and leave behind. Once I complete the list, I’m going to shred it, burn it, or just toss it. Letting it go and letting the universe know, I am letting go of the past and more importantly MAKING ROOM FOR THE FUTURE. Subsequently thereafter, I plan on saging my home to usher out the old and negative energy.
2. Listing my goals for 2018
Next, I’ll be listing my goals for 2018. This literally takes a full week for me to complete. My list is very specific in the sense that I have goals in mind that I want to purse. Yet I leave room for opportunity on my list. I leave room for bigger and better dreams that I can’t even fathom write know. This step is rather simple as I write out my goals on a blank piece of paper in different colors in a way that makes me feel creative.
One tip is to create a 1,3, or 5 year list. Basically, where do you see yourself in 5 years? Then pull together a specific list for each year with all of those goals.
This list is full of big dreams such as writing my first book and becoming a mom. But it also contains provisions such as be KIND to yourself and find a charity you can donate your time to. No goal is too small, too simple or too complex. Put it out into the universe.
3. Creating a vision board
This is basically one of my favorite things ever. Ever make a collage when you were a kid? Well a vision board is the same thing. Use a white paper board and fill it with pictures of your goals – ONLY POSITIVES. And DREAM BIG. Your goals may involve finance, education, family, health, vacations, etc.
Often I find it is helpful to leave the vision board in your bedroom or kitchen or a room that you frequent in so that you are constantly viewing it and envisioning your dreams. It is a simple reminder of your goals and it can help motivate you.
Don’t have the time to pull together a collage? I also use an app on my phone called My Vision Board. I think the most important aspect of this exercise is to really get clear on your goals so whichever medium you chose to do that is up to you.
4. Meditating with Malas Bead
First things first, what is a malas bead? Mala (the Sanskrit word for garland) beads are traditionally used as a tool for meditation. There are 108 beads with one ‘guru’ bead, which can be held in the palm of your hand or worn around your neck as a reminder of your positive intentions. (Thanks Blooming Lotus for the breakdown). They also help you to keep count of your mantras as you communicate with the cosmos.
Why 108 beads? This is the really cool part.
108 energy lines that converge to form the heart chakra
The diameter of the sun is 108 times the diameter of the earth
There are 54 letters in the Sanskrit alphabet, each with a masculine and feminine quality totaling 108.
A Japa meditation cycle is the repetition of your mantra, one on each bead. A full cycle is the repetition of your mantra 100 times and the extra 8 beads are just in case you missed a few, which is bound to happen!
So what do you do? Traditionally, you hold you malas bead in your right hand and intertwine them between your middle and index finger. Starting at the guru bead (large center bead), use your thumb to count each bead, pull it toward you as you state your mantra. Do this 10/ times around the malas bead until you reach the guru bead.
It sounds like it will take a lot of time but I promise, if nothing else, it will really help you focus, believe and motivate you to conquer your intention. I’ll be chatting more about malas beads in a future post.
5. Gentle reminder using AFFIRMATIONS.
Create a couple of affirmations on note cards and put them in your purse or your car or somewhere you frequent. Then when you find some free time, even just a 1-2 minutes on your lunch break, grab them and repeat them to yourself. Especially, when you are having a hard day or need some inspirations, you have affirmation cards handy.
And there you have it! That is my game plan for 2018 intention setting. Here are a few additional resources for intention setting:
Happy New Years friends!