The Power of Intention
As we close out such a powerful year, a year of deep rooted change and transformation, I want to share how important it is to reflect on what you've experienced & learned over the past year. Once we acknowledge, reflect and come to terms with all that has transpired, from the lows to the highs, from the rock bottoms to the total wins. From this space of introspection, we can then begin to understand where we need to make adjustments and how we can live from our most authentic hearts.
Once we settle into what our heart is wishing to birth into the world, what it is that we wish to change, or see more clearly, we can then decide how we want to move through the world. That is where the power of the intention comes into play. An intention is a willful direction of your soul's desires. An intention is a way of being, it's the starting point of every manifestation. It's the spark of desire embodied. Setting your intention is the act and art of deciding upon what you wish for, what you desire and what you aim to create, do or be. When you move through the world with intention, whether you intend to be a better mother, intend to practice more rituals or intend to spend more time in nature, you are allowing your subconscious mind to see beyond perceived limitations.
Another powerful aspect of intention setting, is paying mind to what areas of our life we are tending to and setting intentions for. Being intentional with our self care, self love and beauty rituals is a wonderful way to stay present and care for ourselves with purpose. Setting intentions for events in our life on a larger scale to the simplest, most seemingly mundane tasks are equally as important. We often cruise through life on some sort of auto pilot and lose sight of what we are doing and why. When we take off our makeup, when we pour a glass of water, when we prepare & eat our food, we have the opportunity to act with intention. No detail is too small for us to move intentionally.
When we decide to set the intention for these everyday tasks such as hydrating ourselves, we are allowing the conscious mind and the subconscious mind to connect which results in powerful outcomes long term. If we intend to pour a glass of water with the intention of it contributing to clear & plump skin, of it nourishing each cell of our bodies and helping our system detoxify, our subconscious mind starts to pick up on these subtle cues and messages. When we intend for this simple glass of water to do magical things for us, we allow ourselves to transcend the boxes of the mind, expanding our mental containers which can result in a more significant life experience overall.
One of my favorite ways to practice setting intentions is when cleansing. Whether it’s taking off your makeup in the evening, your morning shower or your Sunday bath ritual. Cleansing is a powerful time to set intentions as you are using the element of water which in and of itself is a purifying way to not only cleanse our physical vessels but our energetic bodies. You are (hopefully) washing your makeup off each evening, regardless of what your intention is, you go through the motions either way. If you choose to set the intention to wash away impurities from your makeup, pollution etc as well as any stagnant energy from the day that may be lingering you are allowing your mind to be more present, most purposeful and are tapping into a state of mindfulness that you may have otherwise forgotten. If you are able to set an intention while you engage in your daily routines (which we invite you to think of more as rituals) you will begin to notice a shift in the way you see the world, expanding your perspective and elevating your wellbeing.
Turning a cleansing routine into a beautiful ritual such as a bath once a week, or even once a Moon cycle, can really transform how you care for yourself. Using intentions while bathing creates an overall experience of true self love and true self care. Based on what it is that you wish to call in, or out, of your life, you can use your intentions to have different results. If you are feeling foggy, all over the place or overwhelmed, you can intend for the bathwater to cleanse your energetic field and enhance your aura, inviting in more clarity and peace of mind. If you happen to be feeling drained and exhausted, you can set the intention for your ritual to energize and refresh you!
Enhance the bathing experience with the Agent Nateur Holi (bath) which is an absolute must for me. This is a creamy coconut milk bath blend filled with healing salts and elevating florals such as calendula and chamomile to nourish and soften your skin, increase firmness and replenish your internal and external bodies. If you feel called to add on to your ritual, a beautiful way to work with the elements further is to light a candle as you set your intention. You can use a green, yellow or gold (aka Citrine color) for intentions relating to fulfilment as the candle holds the resonance of abundance. Using a white candle will assist you with detoxifying and purification, as well as connecting to your higher self. You can gather a few of your favorite crystals to further set the tone of the ritual (just ensure that they aren’t water soluble, and/or adorn the edges of your bathtub or restroom with them- the energies will carry).
Cultivating more purpose in life through the use of rituals can bring about positive and powerful shifts. I personally live by intention setting in my space. I really resonate with creating an environment and space that feels like a sanctuary. This can feel different for each person, but really curating your home to be an embodiment of what lights you up and brings you joy can have a profound impact on your mood and overall sense of wellbeing. My favorite way to set the tone, activate the senses and create an ambiance is with the CAMPO Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser. I’ve raved about this product before, but it truly is a piece of art that feels so custom, as you get to choose which essential oils to drop in.
Diffusers have the power to create a whole vibe in your physical environment, which affects you on an energetic level. When picking out your essential oil blends of choice, keep in mind what it is you wish to foster in your space… a sense of serenity and peace? Maybe you’re calling in self love, or even a vibrant & creative space. The CAMPO Essential Oil Blends are beautifully thought out and crafted of the highest quality. Personally, I’ve been so into the Love Blend and as I drop the oil into the diffuser, I set the intention of creating a sacred, compassionate space for me, my family and anyone who enters. I have witnessed such a shift in the way I feel in my home since I began this simple practice.
As we enter into an exciting new year full of fresh potential, take some time to really go within to set your own potent intentions for 2021. Allow your heart to come forward and speak to you as you set them, they are meant to align you with your purpose. Write them down, say them outloud, and share them with your loved ones. Putting them out into the Universe will allow them to flourish and grow.