How about that intention?

Every year before the Christmas holiday dance class break, I have my students write down on a piece of paper an intention for a dance goal for the coming year, and I also ask them to write down a dance accomplishment from the past year. That way we can honor the past and send good energy into the wishes of the future. We put all our written thoughts in a beautiful urn in the middle of our dance circle, and dance for each other’s goals and dreams. And then we let go of them. It seems important not to cling to your dreams but to release them. Over the many years this has become a beautiful and simple end-of-the-year ritual, but it makes one think about what they have achieved and sets an intention for something to come. But there is no reason to wait until the end of the year. You can always celebrate an accomplishment, big or small—I”m always up for a party and a toast! And I’m always making new ideas, projects, and intentions.

I read a great quote from a musician. “Make your dream not a dream”. I love that.

In setting that intention, yesterday I blogged about finding the purpose in your desires. Being clear is the important first step. That is one reason I love journaling every day. Sometimes when you keep things in your head, it stays a jumble of multiple thoughts. But when you write it down, could be stream of consciousness thought, or making lists (I’m the list queen!),  but it gets out of your head and helps to give things a name of sorts. So write them down and clarify. You can then state that intention instead of letting it waft around. (I’ve mentioned The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron as a fabulous book to read and use for this.)

Once you determine the intention with the purpose, try to practice mindfulness with your intention. Notice if you run up against any resistance, and figure out the source instead of ignoring the whole she-bang. Keep going back to your intention. Get rid of the clutter that surrounds it and keep on moving forward. What does it take? Desire, discipline, action. There is triumph waiting for you!

“He attacked everything in life with a mix of extraordinary genius and naive incompetence, and it was often difficult to tell which was which.” -Douglas Adams

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