Yoga and meditation have a lot in common.
They are both referred to as practices. You don’t do meditation. You practice it. Same with yoga. It’s an ongoing work, and where you’re at in the process is perfectly fine. No need to worry if your heels touch the ground during your downward dog. With practice, you’ll get there.
And no need to be hard on yourself if your mind wanders during your meditation. When you recognize what’s happening, you simply practice bringing your attention back to nothingness — or whatever else you’re meditating on.
Another common thing you’ll hear in learning both yoga and meditation is the importance of setting an intention… taking a moment before you begin to think about your purpose and your goal.
Your intention for yoga may be to be completely present with your body as you move through the poses. Or it may be to focus on your breathing. Or to soften more fully into a pose you find difficult. There isn’t a right or wrong intention. That’s yours to set. But when you take the time to set an intention, you usually get more from the session.
And yes, the same is true with meditation. You might be meditating to improve your focus, to release negative emotions, or to relax more fully. Meditation is also more fulfilling when you set an intention.
I’ve found the same is true with work. I get more done when I pause and set an intention before I begin writing or researching or editing or whatever it is I’m doing. My focus is better. My work is higher quality. My satisfaction with the process is greater.
All from taking 30 seconds to a minute to think about what I am about to do.
It’s a small, simple action — one that is so easy to forget — but it has a big impact.
If you aren’t in the habit of consciously setting an intention before you work, give it a try and see what you think. I’d love to hear how it works for you. Share your experiences in the comments.
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