How can I set an intention for meditation?

At the beginning of many guided breathing and meditation sessions, the practitioners are invited to set an intention. An intention is like a roadmap for the session, reminding you who you want to be, what you hold important, and what you want to get out of that session. Questions such as “What matters to you most?”, “What do you want to let go of?”, “What are you grateful for?” may help you come up with your intention. Setting an intention means finding clarity of purpose, gathering inner strength, and aligning yourself with your values.

Setting a specific intention helps you direct your attention there. As that famous saying tells us, “Energy flows where attention goes.” Intention leads to attention, which leads to manifestation. Bringing a clearly defined and stated intention to the forefront of your mind helps you turn that intention into reality. Meditating without setting an intention still brings you calm and peace and enables you to connect with yourself. But setting an intention heightens your awareness, motivates you and helps you stay on track.

It is essential to point out the difference between a goal and an intention. A goal is more future-oriented; it is a destination or a specific achievement. It is what you want to do.

Intention, on the other hand, happens in the present moment. It may be linked to a goal, but it can be realized independent of that goal. It is more about your relationship with yourself, about who you want to be.

Your goal may be to lose 5 pounds this month. Your intention to go hand in hand with your goal could be eating more mindfully and savouring each bite, turning to a relaxing exercise when you feel like stress-eating or finding ways to nourish your soul and mind.

An intention is somewhat similar to an affirmation in that they should be worded positively, they should matter to you, and you should believe in them wholeheartedly.

Here are some examples of powerful intentions for you. 
I intend to manifest happiness naturally.
I intend to lead by example.
I intend to be open to success and abundance. 
I intend to stop taking things personally.
I intend to forgive others, and myself.
I intend to do my best today to achieve my goals.
I intend to look for the positive side in negative situations.
I intend to bring abundance and love into my life. 
I intend to feel calm, centred and clear-minded. 
I intend to live a balanced life and direct my attention to what I love.

Feel free to word these in any way that suits you. And make sure to begin your next practice with a clear intention!