In yoga you’re often encouraged to set an intention before class. It can be broad and vague or quite specific. Some examples would be clarity, freedom, or phrases such as, I will embrace life wildly.
In my early days of intention-setting I would often have the same intention for months. Presence. It was what resonated with me. Not living For the Now, but In the Now. Presence, grounding, strength. After some time, without really thinking about it, that particular intention faded away, having served its purpose.
One day while attempting a home practice and after struggling for some time with what my intention would be, I reached deep into my subconscious. What came to me was:
I will rise to the occasion of my life.
It was true, it was real, and it was scary. It was my intention for a good year, on and off the mat, and constantly reminded me of how I would get through whatever challenge I was presented with, physically, emotionally, or mentally. It still is my intention, but it became so deeply rooted in me that I found it, too, started to fade away, having served its purpose.
Lately I am fascinated with intentions such as clarity, expansion, truth… and looking back on previous intentions I’m starting to appreciate the power of repetition, good or bad.
I will rise to the occasion of my life. Every day.
I am rising to the occasion of my life. Today.