What effect does a flower’s bloom have on your life? Your entire life up until this moment informs that answer. BKS Iyengar says that, “even our innermost unspoken thoughts create waves of sound vibration.” If a thought creates a vibration, and a vibration travels, what impact do our thoughts have on the reality we see around us? If a blooming spring flower brings up feelings of delight and awe, what vibrations will be made into your surrounding world? What if the blooming brings up feelings of discomfort from allergies? Have you heard of the butterfly effect? The idea is that a butterfly flaps its wings and the impact of that flapping can create a chain of events ending with a tidal wave on the other side of the earth. So, how do our thoughts create our reality, and given that notion, how often do you practice creating the world you want to live in?
The power of intention. You may have been to yoga classes where the teacher asks you to set an intention at the beginning of your practice. As a focus or reference an intention is a wonderful idea. You can keep your mind on your intention, which may be to focus on your breath or to notice your thoughts, or you can focus on sending loving energy to someone who needs it. Our intention can also be used in our everyday lives: by figuring out what changes we seek to bring about and becoming clear on what we want, we allow our intention to be made known to our unspoken thoughts and even to our spoken words. The concept of the intention can then begin to ripple outside of ourselves and become reality.
Here’s a simple practice on manifesting your reality through intention setting:
- Write down what you want on a piece of paper, painted on a canvas or even in lipstick on a mirror.
- Put these written words of intent in a place you can see every day.
- Say the words as if what is written on them is already happening; repeat this daily.
- Take note of what happens, and watch as your intention becomes reality.
The power of intention is not unlike magic. And just like magic, it doesn’t always work in the ways our minds want. Sometimes we sit with our proposed intention for years before we realize it was never what we wanted. In hindsight we may be grateful that something we thought we wanted so badly did not end up happening, and that may even help us to further figure out what we do want. Then there are times when we decide what we want and it almost seems too easy- like it just happened with the tap of a wand.
Spring is the season of lightening up. It inspires some people choose to go on a cleanse and choose to eat lighter options than they may choose during the long winter months. We can be intentional about the idea of a cleanse and look to nature to provide: what foods are naturally available to us this time? Foraging in your yard for wild edibles is a free way to give your body a burst of vitality! Violet leaves and flowers are antifungal and anti inflammatory and are delicious (and beautiful) in a salad. Chickweed has Vitamin C and has been shown to help with allergies. Make sure to have someone help you identify any wild plants before you eat them (Asheville is chock full of these people, so you won’t have to look to hard).
This is also a time when we can go on a mental detox. A wonderful, ancient practice to try is to allow your words to pass through three gates: Is it True? Is it Kind? Is it Necessary? If whatever you wish to say does not pass through all of the three gateways then you don’t speak it. We do have control over what we say, and once we realize that we can begin to guide our thoughts themselves into more true, kind, and necessary realms as well. “Even our innermost unspoken thoughts create waves of sound vibration.”
We can choose to be intentional about our thoughts and words, about what and why we consume, and about the choices we make for our lives. It’s all about intention, and a lack of intention directs us just as much. You make the choice either way; and don’t forget- other people are making their own choices which affect you as much as your decisions affect them. We don’t always have the power to make every decision in our lives, but we sometimes have more power than we realize. So what is your intention? How does this flower’s bloom affect you? The decision is yours.