Start this year in a positive mindset as we explore the power of intention setting and share our favourite ritual to help you on your path to purpose and fulfilment
The dawning of a new year brings secret wishes and hopeful possibilities. But as we reach for the stars and the moon, shedding old habits and letting go of past failures, many of us are all too well-versed in the notorious downfall of New Year’s Resolutions. Life delivers the unexpected and our overly ambitious goals can soon be left behind. For the mindful, however, the new year offers opportunities to put a focus on your inner passions and core values. The secret? Setting your intentions and aligning yourself and your subconscious beliefs to become an energetic match to these intentions.
An empowering practice that is commonly associated with yogis and meditation, intention setting is the first step in your chosen story. Unattached from external outcomes, intentions hold the power to transform you from the inside out.
Ask yourself, what do I want to attract into my life? Try turning the focus inward as you explore any emotive aspirations that you wish to fuel your everyday, such as happiness, accomplishment or confidence. Starting small, with an idea or a feeling, provides various opportunities to achieve your goal while also centring you on the core of your aim. By focusing on a specific intention, you take control of your perception of the world around you, blossoming into a version of yourself you may not have thought previously possible. Throughout life’s curveballs, returning to your chosen word or affirmation provides a reassuring reminder and anchor-point to keep you focused on your overarching aims, and the bigger picture, when needed most.
Visualisation is a powerful tool in aligning you with what you want most. Close your eyes and imagine how it feels. How does it look? What sort of person do you see? And what would your day-to-day look like if you experienced life this way? Visualisation is a step towards reality, bringing you closer to your intentions.
At Aja Botanicals we celebrate the transition into a new year by giving ourselves an intention-setting ritual. First, set up in a space that’s sacred to you – this should be a place that inspires and relaxes you, somewhere you can be your most authentic self. Next, create a beautiful, peaceful environment. Light a candle and allow the transformational energy of the flame to give power to your intentions. Let the scent fill the air and envelope your olfactory senses. As you mindfully enter the ritual, remember that this is for you and no one else. Take several deep, slow breaths and, with every inhale, remind yourself of your intention. On each exhale imagine any negativity or mental barriers floating away. Allow yourself to feel excited by the prospect of transforming your life by aligning your subconscious beliefs with this intention, realise that you are worthy of this life you are picturing. As you reflect on your past and look forward to the future, take the time to feel grounded and harness your renewed energy and feel the confidence to take the steps you need to achieve it.
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