Energy of Intention
The new year is a powerful time for setting intentions, a tradition that dates back to the time of the Babylonians, who curried favor with the gods by making promises to them. In our times, new year’s resolutions tend to be promises we make to ourselves. And when we make these promises, we want to keep them, yet we are not always successful. How can we get better at sticking to our goals, and how can energy medicine help?
Energetically, making promises to ourselves that we fail to keep can affect our energy system—and at the same time, incorporating those changes also can affect us energetically. Our triple warmer meridian is quite resistant to change—all it cares about is keeping us alive, and that means that the status quo is perfectly fine. You’re alive, right?
In other words, change can be hard. If it was easy, we would all be eating healthy foods, exercising daily, at our ideal weight, working productively, enjoying harmonious relationships with friends and family, and doing our Daily Energy Routine at least once a day! That said, change is very possible, especially when you understand how to stay motivated and how to utilize energy medicine tools and techniques to support you.
Keys to success around intentions include the following:
- Setting realistic intentions is a key aspect of achieving success at incorporating them into your life. For instance, if you have goals around exercising, seek to incorporate exercise that you enjoy. If you hate to swim, that is not the right exercise to commit to doing.
- Are you aligned with your intentions? You can energy test yourself or work with a practitioner to determine whether you are able, willing, ready, and feel deserving of achieving the goals you are setting for yourself. If you find that you are not aligned, this is powerful information and looking further into it ultimately can help you achieve success.
- One change at a time and one step at a time are important strategies. Making small changes and even going slowly can add up to positive results. Gradual changes can help manage the triple warmer kickback. This strategy also works well because of the neural pathways in our brains—it can be difficult to “unwire” a pathway. We make new pathways with new behaviors and they become stronger each time we choose that new behavior.
- Track your progress by writing down your goals, and reward yourself with each milestone you reach.
- Be accountable by sharing your goals and progress with people you report back to who are supportive of you.
- Expect setbacks and rein in the negativity by not judging yourself or beating yourself up. Thinking positive helps you reinforce your achievements. “Messing up” is useful information that can help you succeed next time.