There are many occasions when I think ‘I don’t know where the time has gone today.’ As if a time thief has crept up on me and stolen precious hours and minutes from under my nose. The truth is I know where my time has gone – I’ve just run out of it before I can do all the things I want to do! I think all my good intentions have gone to waste – but have they? I’ve decided not to give up on the power of intention just yet.
To complement my mindfulness practice I have decided to keep an intentions diary. Each morning I write down three intentions for the day. This is not a ‘to do’ list – although I am quite fond of these! This is more about an all-encompassing positive intention for the day ahead such as ‘to be more assertive’ for instance or ‘to stay calm and at peace.’ In my case there are many intentions that can assist with better time management. I write these down after my twenty minutes of morning mindfulness, spending a few minutes thinking about them in the peace and quiet.
How does it make me feel? So far- clear headed and focused for the day. I feel that my intentions are strong and grounded and I’m well prepared to face the day head on – and I do. I like this feeling – perhaps the time thief will not get his way anymore! Although I may have an intention that I don’t stick to (this happens – we can’t prescribe how we will feel in reaction to daily events) I feel that my chances of manifesting a particular intention are definitely increased when I’ve put some thought behind it. As the saying goes – it’s the thought that counts.
I challenge you to make time to focus on your intentions for the day – it could make all the difference.