Giving Attention To Our Intentions

In our New Year, New Intentions Box, we included a beautiful set of intention cards.  These Seeds of Intentions cards are designed by Adrienne Enns of May You Know Joy. In this post, Adrienne talks about the importance of intentions and how you can get the most out of your Seeds of Intentions Cards.

I believe in intentions. The energy behind them makes them powerfully transformative. But where does that energy come from? And how is it sustained?

I’ve been asking myself these questions because last year, I launched my Seeds of Intention Cards. The deck contains 42 cards, each of which proposes a daily intention.  For example: “For today, I connect with nature.” Or: “For today, I am kind to myself.”

 

Many people like to pick a card in the morning and take the chosen card as their intention for the day. But my experience with these cards has shown me that choosing a card is just the beginning.

Yes, it’s important that we identify our intentions, but it’s equally important that we give attention to our intentions.

I can pull a card and set an intention, but the energy only begins to build when I mindfully return to my purpose over and over. Paying attention to my intentions keeps me true to my purpose.  I keep coming back into alignment throughout the day.

The idea of giving attention to our intentions really resonates with me. It also raises some useful questions in my mind.

 

Going deeper with intentions

  •    What energy am I putting behind these intentions?
  •    Am I distracted from my intention by focusing on gossip, problems, and annoyances, or am I paying attention to things that truly fulfill me?
  • What can I do today to enact my intention?

My own intentions are a work in progress and will be for the rest of my life. When I ask myself these questions, something very big shifts. I approach the world in a way that feels very true and authentic.

 

Putting energy behind intentions

 Start by picking a card in the morning. Then, throughout the day, ask yourself one or more of the questions above.

If you picked the card “I connect with nature,” you will make a point of actually taking a walk in the freshly fallen snow.

If you picked the card: “I will be kind to myself,” you step away from your desk when your body tells you to take a break.
 

 

I would love to hear how you are using your Seeds of Intention Cards. How have your intentions manifested in your life? Comment below to share your experiences and ideas.