Living With Intention

When I learned how to practice Reiki, my teacher taught that for a Reiki treatment, “intention is everything.” As I practiced Reiki on myself and others, I set an intention for a strong Reiki connection and healing for each person’s greatest benefit. I began placing my hands on trees with an intention of giving them love as I offered Reiki, grateful for the fresh air, peace, and shade they offer me. I began to visualize the world in my mind’s eye, seeing a pure white light permeate the atmosphere and surround the globe—people, animals, plants, oceans, and all—with the intention of healing, love, peace, safety, strength, and unity. As I continued to bring intentions to my Reiki practice, they began to appear in other areas of my life—for my business, for every aromatherapy blend, for my relationships, for my own health and well-being. I now create an intention before I begin any project or journey, and it has introduced a gentle focus and peace as I continue down my path.

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An intention is a statement of purpose that guides future actions. It is like a mission statement for a project, a day, or an entire life. It becomes a blueprint and any actions moving forward support its creation in the physical realm. An intention is a guideline that we create for ourselves that resonates with our entire being and feels good to do. They are not meant to be rigid—there is no pass or fail—but can inspire us to be the best people we can be. Our intentions shift and change just as we, and our projects, grow and evolve.

For example, you can use an intention to improve your inner self-talk and to be your own cheerleader. You can intend to increase the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables you eat. You can create an intention to laugh more throughout your day. However, if you make an intention to be more outgoing and the idea of talking to strangers makes you cringe, then it’s probably not for you! Most importantly, be true to yourself and take care of yourself when you create your intentions. If you make an intention like the examples above and you slip and say something negative to yourself, eat more donuts than vegetables, or spend a day where you cry more than you laugh—that’s okay. You’re doing the best you can, and that’s all any of us can do. Give yourself a hug, brush off the dust, restate your intention, and keep going. Life is filled with natural ups and downs, and we move through them and forgive ourselves for not being perfect—we are human!

For instance, in my daily life, my intention is to bring more love into the world. I aim to do this while remaining true to myself and standing up for what I believe is right and just. Some of the ways I fulfill this intention is by saying hi to people I see on the trail, sending cards to friends and family and telling them I love them, creating a business to support the health and well-being of others, choosing products that are gentle on the environment and animals, and tending to my own heart with quiet time in nature and self-Reiki treatments. Sometimes at the end of the day, I feel bad about an action that was not fully aligned with my intention, but I must remember that I, too, am human. I must forgive myself, and forgiveness is another way to add more love to the world. But since I have my intention and am committed to it, I brush off the dust, return to its words, feel it within my heart, and continue on my path.

Has an intention formed in your mind while reading this? Does it resonate and make you feel excited? What is it? I would love to hear from you.