Every morning at 10:10, my phone reminds me to set an intention. It’s one small thing I do to get myself on track for the day.
At first my intentions were things like; do six loads of laundry, sweep the porches, clean the bathrooms. But by listing mundane chores, I found myself more anxious and less inspired.
Now when my intention reminder pops up, I take a deep breath, close my eyes, and name a more personal goal. These are my most frequently used intention statements-
Today I will connect with myself.
Today I will connect with my family.
Today I will connect with my friends.
Today I will connect with nature.
Today I will connect with my home.
I choose one statement each morning, while aware I’m connecting with myself, my family, friends, nature, and my home every single day. What I accomplish, though, by naming just one intention, is to bring focus to that single aspect of my life for a bit.
Today I chose the statement, “I will connect with myself.” I am writing, reflecting, slowly sipping coffee, and feeling at home, grounded, in my body. Throughout the day I’ll check in. I’ll slow down, give myself hugs, breathe deeply, and smile when I pass mirrors.
By bringing my sight inward, I locate my highest values, and direct my energy to them. I keep moving forward in the same daily life, but with steadier steps. Daily intention statements anchor me to the present, make me aware of my needs, and help me focus on what matters most.
Technology can be quite useful for mindfulness practice. Do you set personal reminders on your phone, or use apps that help you grow and heal? If so, I’d love to hear about your experiences!