We’re going to talk about New Year intention setting practices and this is Part 2 of 3. In Part 1 we talked about the importance of reflection and I gave you some great questions to ask yourself. In Part 2, we’re going to talk about Setting Intentions. In the next part, we’ll talk about Creating Practices to support those intentions.
Let’s talk getting intentional for the New Year. Whether you have an established intention setting practice or are interested to get started, I have found this a great time of year to re-centre, reflect and to look ahead.
Setting intentions is like setting our GPS. We want to think about where we want to go, what we want to align with and what it is that we want to create. Setting intentions is not a furrow-browed to-do list item. Rather, you are on your own side and giving mindful consideration to who you want to be, how you want to show up and what kind of experiences you want to have.
Aspects of Your Life
You can set intentions for many aspects of your life. This is not a complete list but, a great place to start. Feel free to add to it. This is YOUR list and you should love it.
What are my intentions and what do I want to create in the following areas of my life:
- Health & Well-being
- Personal Development
- Giving Back
Take Your Time
I really encourage you to take your time with all of these. It’s not a race and time will allow ideas to percolate and grow both richer and deeper. I often jot down a few top-line points for each and then, go back (as often as I need to) to really consider each aspect. This is a great opportunity to give consideration to what your priorities are and what it is that you really want to create.
Enjoy the Process
I encourage you to enjoy the process. When I first encountered an exercise like this, I found it daunting. First, I found my mind racing overwhelmed by all of these aspects of my life and what I should be doing with them. However, I learned to enjoy the process. For example, I find a journal that I’d love to write in and make myself a nice hot drink. I sit by the fire and gently consider one aspect at a time. I really ask myself what I want to create and remind myself to avoid setting long to-do lists because that’s not the point. Then, I ask myself what are some really beautiful things I want to create for myself and this feels like me being kind to me.
Intention Setting Workbook
I have created a beautiful Intention Setting Workbook if you would like to delve deeper and be guided through the process.
As we embark on getting intentional for the new year, we have some great resources to support you:
As mentioned earlier, I highly recommend the Intention Setting Workbook for a beautiful, inspiring and thorough deep-dive. This will guide you through reconnecting with your core values, reflecting on the previous year and walk you through several areas of your life to help you create a very intentional new year.
May You Know Joy cards decks are also a valuable tool. You might enjoy card pulling as you go through the process of getting intentional for the new year. If your intention is to create a daily intention setting practice to support your well-being for the new year, these can also for the foundation of a beautiful daily practice.
Deluxe ritual gift sets are a great choice if you are keen to create a daily intention setting ritual. These include a stand for your daily card pull and a rose quartz crystal for energy clearing and to promote self-love.
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