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.
My Own Example
I thought you might like to see an example of CM at work. After following the CM steps, I spent 15 minutes writing down the thoughts and visuals that came to me. I saw myself:
Sketching, painting, collaging with messy hands.
Exiting out of a Facebook screen.
Taking photos of flowers and interesting tree formations.
Wearing hiking boots and holding trekking poles.
Laughing with my children while playing cards seemingly floated in the air around us.
Cooking on the stove while reading a recipe laying on the counter.
Abruptly stop, looking around, and smile at all I saw around me.
Showing someone sitting with me (who was crying) how to collage and paint.
With my husband sitting in front of an outdoor fire pit, laughing.
Walking in the woods, alone, with trees towering over me.
Sitting outside with birds chattering all around me.
Drawing swirls and dots in an earthy-colored paste.
Picking weeds out of the dirt.
In a yoga posture on a yoga mat.
Sitting in front of sun-sparkled water.
With my eyes closed as a small trail of smoke from an incense stick burned.
Sitting outside with my head back and face toward the sun.
Writing, erasing, rewriting.
Standing in dirt, barefoot.
In the evening, moon visible, sitting at the window.
Coloring in a lined journal as I sat near a waterfall.
This is not my first time using CM to set New Year’s intentions, only the first time sharing my process. :-)
After you have completed your meditation, I think you’ll be surprised at 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.
– Much love, Amara