In yesterday's post, I discussed the reasoning behind setting New Year's intentions instead of resolutions. Now, let’s get to the “action” of setting intentions using Creative Meditation® (CM).
The CM practice is simple and involves only a few steps. Be sure to read through these steps one time first before beginning. Remember, for this form of meditation, I encourage you to *not* quiet your mind.
Sit comfortably – alone, no music, no sound, no electronics – where you will be undisturbed for at least 10-20 minutes.
Have a pen in your hand and paper in front of you.
Write on the paper, “What should I work on in my life to make real change toward happiness this year,” and then repeat the sentence out loud.
Close your eyes. Write with your eyes closed to keep the mind chatter flowing smoothly. Don’t worry about neat handwriting, the key is to not start and stop because your eyes are opening and closing.
Breathe in, hold for three seconds, and breathe back out, 10 times, S-L-O-W-L-Y. As you do this, note the calm that starts to come over you as you control your breath. This is CM taking over and bringing you into awareness.
At the end of the 10 breaths, state your intention (#3 above) again. Observe your mind chatter. As soon as a thought or visual presents itself, no matter how small or insignificant, write it down. Remember, keep your eyes closed to allow the mind chatter to flow without disruption. It is within this flow that the deepest ideas and thoughts will come to you.
Continue to repeat your meditation question as needed to keep your thoughts flowing in the right direction.
At the end of your meditation, go back through the breathing exercise. Breathe in, hold for three seconds, and breathe back out, 10 times, S-L-O-W-L-Y.
When you’re finished you will have a list of your most pressing thoughts. Go through the list, observe what keeps coming up. Did your meditation notes include situations revolving around the resolutions you were going to make for this coming year – or were there more important issues that came forward like:
Holding on to something you need to let go of.
A fear you need to release.
Something you have given up that you regret.
A relationship you need to heal.
Something you need to change about yourself to become who you want to be.
What you want most in life that has nothing to do with materialism.
How you want to feel every day.
An apology you need to make.
A part of your life that feels broken and needs to be repaired.
How you may be standing in your own way of what you want to achieve.
A change that would help you to live your life more authentically.
A good habit you want to work on.
Something you have denied yourself that you really want.
A new beginning you feel pulled toward.
A negative influence in your life that needs to be released.
Steps you can take to start living your ideal life.
A bad habit you want to break.
A big or small change that would empower you in your life.
These observations, my friend, are where your intentions should be pulled from. These intentions may not even come close to resembling the resolutions you thought of for yourself, but these are the intentions that speak to you from your soul and need to be worked on to create a more beautiful, joyful, and peaceful existence. Manifesting a beautiful life starts with setting the right intentions based on your discoveries in CM.
After you have completed your meditation, I think you’ll be surprised by the many thoughts and visuals that come to you. One thing I really want you to observe: where are the “big” goals that you had set resolutions for year after year and had not achieved? You may be surprised to find that they aren’t even on your list. This is when it will hit you – really hit you. Life is about the little joys and experiences that happen every day that make our existence beautiful and keep us in gratitude for all of our blessings, large or small. Life is not about self-imposed resolutions – like fancier clothes, bigger cars, second homes, more jewelry – that keep us blind to what will really bring us joy.
In tomorrow’s final post, we will work on understanding soul speak and wording your intentions. This is where the real manifesting will begin to happen. In the meantime, consider diving deeper into everything I am discussing in these New Year's posts by actively engaging in the Creative Meditation process and exercises in my book: Creative Meditation: Using Your 21 Innate Powers to Create Your Life.
– Namaste, Amara