Why Intention? And a simple practice to help you cultivate yours

So why are we going on about intention anyway?

Turns out there’s some emerging science proving the wisdom behind what the yogis intuited so long ago. Intention works.

A number of studies show that what we think about affects the structure of our brain. For example, in a simple study done by John-Dylan Haynes at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Germany, participants were asked to decide whether they would like to add a set of numbers or subtract them.

Even before participants were shown the numbers, different parts of their brain started to light up depending on whether their intention was to add or subtract.

Our brain starts working even before we’ve taken a step.

William A. Tiller, a professor emeritus at Stanford University, argues: “For the last 400 years, an unstated assumption of science is that human intention cannot affect what we call physical reality. Our experimental research of the past decade shows that, for today’s world and under the right conditions, this assumption is no longer correct.”

Our intention creates our reality.

So how can we continue to prime our brain so it’s aligned with what we really want.

In our last blog post, we gave tips on how to clarify your intention.

The next step is to keep coming back to it.

The truth is if we were already living our intention we wouldn’t be longing for it. And unfortunately, old habits die hard. Our busy world will continue to pull us back into old habitual ways of being which may no longer serve us.

Keep on coming back to your intention.

Continue to use your physical yoga practice during the warrior challenge as a way to remind yourself of your intention.

If you’d like to go deeper you can remind yourself of your intention throughout the day as well with this easy exercise that comes from Leadership Coach, Brendon Burchard.

It’s a simple yet powerful intention practice that can be incorporated into your day. You can do it every time you sit at your desk, whenever you make a coffee or before a  bathroom break. If you’d like to increase the frequency of your intention practice, you can set a timer on your phone and do it hourly.

RELEASE TENSION. SET INTENTION.

  1. Close your eyes for a minute or two
  2. Quickly scan your body and notice any areas of tension. Take a few deep full breaths, focusing on a longer exhale. Repeat the word RELEASE and exhale out any accumulated tension.
  3. Remind yourself of your INTENTION. Continue to breathe deeply as you think about what you are working on and longing for. Say your intention softly and try to practice feeling the energy behind the words as well.

The above exercise need only take a few minutes but with repetition and consistency it can be a very powerful practice.

We would love to hear how things are going for you! Share what you are learning about intention in the comments field below or post about it social using the hashtag #30daywarrior.