Recently I have reconnected with a beautiful book & it's teachings on the Seven Laws of Yoga, and also further translated by Deepak Chopra as the Seven Laws of Success.
Each day we're invited to live into one "law".
A practice of intention as we co-create with life.
Today is Thursday. The Law of Intention & Desire
Previous explorations have been:
The exploration of attachment and struggle. Friday, the Law of Detachment
Saturday was an exploration of the Law of Dharma, Living on & with Purpose
Sunday, an exploration of the Law of Pure Potential, Touch Down in Your Potential
Monday, the Law of Giving & Receiving, Prosperity Flow
Tuesday, the Law of Karma, Mama Karma
Wednesday, the Law of Least Effort, Open, Present & Flexible
The Law of Intention & Desire
Let's explore this terrain together...
The word intention is common in today's lexicon. Most often it is singularly focused. It indeed assists us in being thoughtful in our engagements AND it has a broader scope & meaning at it's core. In choosing to become a spiritual warrior, we must enter a deeper layer of exploring the concept of intention, our creativity & the Source of our creativity. (more on this in a future post)
In creating clarity & meaning with concepts, like intention, it is helpful to begin inside. Creating space with ourSelves to consider the meaning we're associating with it.
This is particularly important when we've chosen to embark on a joint venture (a conversation, project and really everything where two or more are gathered).
We often use words with one another & pre-suppose we share meaning, when in fact, we soon discover something is off-kilter in our shared pursuit. Many times this occurs because we've not stopped and shared with each other, how we envision the word/concept having meaning. We've not explore our intention and what's truly meaningful for us about this powerful concept.
Merriam-Webster offers three definitions that for me relate to today's law of intention.
a concept considered as the product of attention directed to an object of knowledge
a determination to act in a certain way
the object for which a prayer, mass, or pious act is offered
What does intention mean to me?
If I were to describe how I hold the word "intention" inside (without using it or any part of it), what does it look like?
What do I believe about intention & how I am living?
Yoga philosophy offers that we have four aims in life. The concept of intention and desires overlap. As shared previously a deeply accessible and meaningful process and book to engage is Rod Stryker's work on The Four Desires.
Desires are another important exploration with today's invitation.
When you consider the concept of desires, for yourSelf,
What comes to mind?
How does this word feel in your body?
What stories do you have wrapped around your desires?
Spend some time journaling your responses. Share them out loud with another. Feel free to share them below with us in the comments section.
There are our individual intentions & desires and then there are grand, shared "I"intentions for us all. There have been many shared "I"ntentions articulated by many spiritual paths that I've noted to-date. Two in particular are love & evolution. We're here to be the presence & expression of love; we're here to grow and evolve.
Our Mantra for today is:
Om Ritam Namah. My intentions and desires are supported by cosmic intelligence
Jupiter is the planet often associated with Thursday. Jupiter is the great teacher of expansion, abundance, optimism & hope. It casts it's rays on all that seeks to grow. It is known as the King of Gods.
In Jupiter's dance with our Law today, let's commit to focusing our attention on our intentions. With a soft focus ~ an open heart, curious mind & relaxed body. Why? so that what you may not have even imagined in your intention, might be seen. Opportunities that present, may not map to your current view. Be open to what does present.
Today experiment with embodying the mystical law of: magnetic attraction
A challenging experience I often see with clients (and at times with mySelf), if the generalization of intentions. We name things like, peace, love, freedom, ease etc. All beautiful intentions. It is equally important to invite our expression of specifics.
We must be willing to declare what we want. Out loud. First to ourSelves & then with another.
Embody your intention (you know the great Gandi quote...Be The Change).
Focus your attention on what is most important for how you live your day, life.
Cultivate moments of stillness & quietude to check-in with your intuition. Extend a prayer of your willingness to listen.
Give yourSelf permission to engage your desires with an open, soft hand and a welcoming heart for what unfolds.
Image that your individual intentions & desires are born of, through, held in a context of love & honouring your evolutionary intent of growth.
The Law of Intention & Desire governs third chakra.
The third chakra, Manipura, is localized in your solar plexus. It is the seat of your power in the world. When this center is open and flowing, you are capable of translating your intentions and desires into manifestation. When it is blocked, you feel frustrated and ineffectual.
The color of the third energy center is yellow.
The seed sound for the third chakra is: Ram
It is associated with the element of fire & our sense of sight.
This positioning within the body invites us to consider,
To what degree am I feeling in alignment with my thinking, feeling, choices & actions?
How am I currently feeling about my capacity to take action on my own behalf?
How might I stoke the fire of my intentions & desires today?
What am I willing to see?
Be clear of your intentions. Start your day with stillness and silence. Invite an inner conversation about your intentions. Listen.
Trust the outcome. Be open to what emerges as you align your attention with your intention. Be willing to be surprised.
Practice present moment awareness. Breath, body & stillness are key practices that support those who are choosing to become spiritual warriors.
Be open to your intuition. Throughout the day, pause and check-in. Notice what calls your attention. Breathe and experiment with following your impulse. Writing can be a helpful gateway for some to bring their intuition into the light. Listen to your body.
So, where to from here fellow travellers?
My invitation is to JOIN me today in exploring and experimenting with great curiosity & compassion the practice of the law of intention & desire.