Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Cultivating Pure Intention

Having set an intention for myself, I have to ensure that whatever actions I take, I am cultivating a pure intention which will be beneficial to my well-being. A pure intention helps in my spiritual growth, taking responsibility and transform attitudes toward daily interactions.

The following two aspects of the 8-Fold Path of Yoga give direction on how to practice pure intention.

Restraints (Yamas)

Non-violence : avoid pushing too hard and refrain being self-critical in yoga poses
Cultivate compassion and acceptance

Truthfulness : free from judgement and fear
Cultivate wisdom and courage

Non-stealing : refrain from desiring to be like someone else.
Cultivate contentment and inner beauty and peace

Moderation: limit senseless pleasures
Cultivate intention of balance, non-attachment, focus and awareness

Observances (Nyamas)

Purity - focus on the breath to increase body awareness which will lead to a desire to take better care of oneself

Contentment - appreciating what we have and choose to see the positive in life

Discipline - motivation to go to a yoga class or commit to a home practice

Study of self or introspection - be aware of the various affects of thoughts and behaviour

Surrender to an infinite reality - letting go and surrender ego to a higher force

"You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight" ~ Jim Rohn

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