Your true intention
Yoga practice is all about intention and awareness. What is your intention? Remembering your intention from the beginning of a yoga class to the end can be a challenge. What happens when you take the practice off the mat and into your daily life?
Try it. Set an intention at the beginning of the day and see if you can follow that intention for a whole day, or even a few hours. You may find that your intention wasn't so important, or that it doesn't have a strong motivation behind it. With practice, you'll find an intention to guide you. An intention that helps define what is important, what to say yes and no too each day. Something that begins to clear the muddle of the mind and bring mindfulness to each day and moment. This intention may turn into passion. You may find you're following your dharma, or what is truly yours to do. Then if you fail or succeed means less, instead it is about the intention, and the way you walk your path.
Once you find your true intention and follow that path nothing will stop you. You will know your way and not be swayed from that path no matter what obstacles you come upon. To find your true intention is a blessing.
Below are examples of the layers one might move through and between to reach deeper and more one-pointed meditation/concentration. The yogic model on the left is the koshas, or sheaths of being in comparison to the Christian model on the right.
Both of these methods use a word or phrase to encourage a letting go, or unwrapping of the outter world. In Yogic meditation the mantra is repeated consistently to focus the mind. Whereas in Centering Prayer, the sacred word is repeated when a thought is recognized in the mind, to draw it back.
Blessing in your practice.
Thank you to everyone for a wonderful weekend at Shrine Mont. I loved sharing yoga with you. Your support and love has stayed with me in my heart. Thank you for your openness, curiosity, kindness, support, and fun. My family is even larger. Photo credit to Bella, Patty, and Andrea.
Hi, I'm Andrea. This is my yoga blog.