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The power of Intention

Our lives have been affected by the social distancing and lockdown. Our daily routine has been radically changed and while this can feel unsettling, it also creates opportunities.

If we ask ourselves the right questions during this time we can take it as a moment to see clearly what is most important to us. We can support ourselves during this time by setting daily intentions that steer us towards those things that are important.

Setting Intentions

Intentions are powerful to keep us productive and to help us feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of each day. However, if we set unachievable intentions, it risks demotivating us. So set your intentions wisely, and do not be too hard on yourself if you do not achieve everything.

I would suggest you set one intention related to ‘getting things done’ – This can be work related, kids schooling related, or just chores related. For me today my intention is to clean the apartment and to go shopping.

The second intention can be around ‘self care’ – like cooking a healthy meal, doing a meditation, exercise, taking a nap, whatever. For me, my intention is to go for a walk (i still can walk the dog) for at least 40 minutes, and try to do some yoga.

And the third intention can be around ‘relationships’ – either with the people that are in the house with you, like spending quality time with your partner and kids, or if you are alone, reaching out to others. You can also see if you want to set an intention to help others. My intention is to take care of my parents who are a bit poorly without getting annoyed with them (not always easy!)

If you are with others in lockdown you can see if you can all set intentions and ensure you have one common intention together – like eating a healthy meal together.

Write your intentions down each morning and check in at the end of the day to see how things went for you. Again, don't be too hard on yourself or on others, we are all feeling a bit unsettled.

Today's meditation will help you set intentions.