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Our lives are constantly forming around our intentions whether they are conscious or unconscious. When we make them conscious we are choosing to move our lives in a certain direction, and these intentions take shape depending on how we tend to them. Now that Spring is here, flowers are starting to bloom and the sun is shining stronger, it’s a wonderful time to clean out the old and give new energy to what we are trying to grow in our lives.

Setting a positive intention can help you make choices that support change

I remember as a small child we always did spring cleaning. It was a time for taking stock in all that we had collected over the past year and then clean out whatever didn’t serve us anymore. We carefully made our way through the entire house bagging up items to give away and cleaning the dust and dirt that had collected in the cold dark months of winter. Afterwards we would delight in the spaciousness it created. My drawers and closets had space for something new.

Planting the Seeds of Change

This is the same spirit that we can use to set intentions. Getting rid of old thoughts and patterns to make room for the new is like preparing the soil before we plant our garden. We can start by assessing where we are and what we are willing to change. Then we can decide the new shape we want our life to take. As we focus on the positive changes we want to create, we can plant a seed of conscious intention. We clear the ground, clean it up and then plant the seed. Just like water and sunlight provide nourishment to our gardens we too can nourish our seeds of intention with our awareness and attention.

Making Room for the New

As you reflect on the current shape of your life, you can look at the things that don’t bring you into alignment with what you want to create. You may see that you have a lot of stress in your life and you prefer to have a more peaceful life. Perhaps there is someone in your life with whom you are struggling to get along,  either at work or at home. Maybe you want to have more harmony in your relationships. Maybe you long for adventure and yet night after night you get sucked into the same routine of watching television and overeating. Setting a positive intention can help you make choices that support change.

The Practice

  • Sit quietly or lie down in a comfortable position.
  • Start by focusing on one thing (you can always choose more later) you would like to affect; one area of your life that needs some spring cleaning.
  • Imagine letting go of your old way of being in that part of your life. You can do this with a few long slow exhalation breaths while you envision those patterns leaving through your fingers and toes.
  • Now invite a new image into your awareness. Begin to see yourself behaving differently in that area of your life. For example, if you want to create more peace in your relationships, begin to imagine yourself in harmonious relationships. This paves the way for something new to emerge.
  • You can now state your intention by using a positive affirmation. Try to use “I” phrases to make it more personal. “I live in harmony with those who surround me. I nurture peace in myself and in others.” Say it three times to yourself and plant it like a seed in your heart. Let it take root.
  • Return to your intention throughout the day imagining it as if it were already so. This provides the nourishment it needs to bloom. Over the days, weeks and even the months you will find yourself shifting your actions to align with your intention. Those actions will start to shape the world around you.

Spring has always been a time for new growth and new beginnings. Let this spring mark the beginning of something new for you. Start with your own personal intention and let it bloom.

What old habits are you cleaning out this spring?

Contributed by

Susi Amendola
Stress Management Specialist

What have you done to remind yourself of the things that have meaning for you?

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