There is no doubt that 2020 has greatly affected many of us. Perhaps it was in ways we may not all be able to comprehend, but inevitably we were affected. The world felt the impact of the coronavirus pandemic that took many of our loved ones away from us; economic insecurity may have been exacerbated by the pandemic for some; the Black Lives Matter movement; racial injustice; social injustice, especially when it came to our mental health; political strife—and the list goes on.
I believe we need to take the lessons we have learned over the past year and utilize them to navigate towards where we want to be as individuals, and within our relationships in 2021. Let us take a moment to mindfully invite positive shifts into our lives in 2021.
More often than not individuals allow for their day to happen to them; weeks, months, years, feel like they are flying by. By setting intentions we are able to ground ourselves in the present moment; we are able to receive. Receiving can come in many different forms – energetically receiving, physically receiving something, emotionally, etc. Setting intentions allows for us to manifest our reality and become open to the ways in which we want to live our lives.
Setting intentions can be similar to the process of repeating a mantra – whether it has been one you have heard before that resonates with you, or one that you come up with yourself. You may have heard of the spiritual belief of the number 40 and the philosophy behind it… it takes 20 days to break old habits, and 20 days to form new ones – 40 days. (Check out this article by Rebeca Grainger at HuffPost to learn more about the 40 Days).
As we move into 2021, I encourage you to set your intentions. Perhaps you are the type of individual that puts together a vision board for this; perhaps you keep a journal; perhaps you pray before bed – whichever way you choose to engage in setting your intentions, I encourage you to do so during the month of January and to carry these intentions on with you during this year (even for 40 days!). It’s also important to remember that intentions can change—maybe something that works for you this month, no longer serves you in June. That is OK! Have fun with this. The world around us is constantly changing; as individuals we are also in a state of constant change and development.
When I refer to “mantras” I am referring to the practice of repeating a word, sound, or phrase as a meditative practice. When I worked in NYC, I often found myself silently repeating mantras to myself during the commute on the bus. On weekends, I find myself repeating mantras out-loud as I finish yoga, or a few times before I go to sleep. They can be practiced anywhere, and at any time of the day!
Here are some of the mantras I have used in the past:
• May I be happy may I be peaceful.
• May I be healthy, may I be well.
• May I be calm, may I be connected.
• I have so much to offer to the world.
• I am smart, I am powerful, I’ve got this.
Not only can you set intentions and utilize mantras for yourself, but you can set them for others too. It takes intention to see a shift happen.
One of my personal intentions for 2021, is to let go of what others think of me. The way others perceive us is out of our control. There is a different version of ourselves in everyone else’s mind, and all we can do is carry ourselves as the version we want to be. It does not serve us to be who we authentically are not. My intention is to live authentically to who I am, and how who others want me to be.
I follow an account on Instagram titled Spiritdaughter—and they recently posted about shifts being made in 2021. They shared the following shifts, which may also make great intentions or mantras for our community members who are interested in this practice:
I am going to shift:
• Fear about what I cannot control into trust can always create inner peace.
• Uncertainty about the future into knowing I am always on the right path.
• Feeling intimidated by obstacles into motivating to overcome them.
• Listening to my limiting beliefs into opportunities for growth and breakthroughs.
• Judging myself for not being productive into being patient with myself and prioritizing my self-care.
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So Create Change community members, as we shift into 2021—with so much hope for the future and year ahead—what will your intentions be?