I could say that the Vernal Equinox is an auspicious time to set an intention – it’s planting time! The time has arrived for preparing our garden soil and choosing the seeds to become this year’s harvest.
I could say that the waxing moon is an auspicious time to set an intention – the moon sets the example for us as it approaches full one week from today, filling and growing as we desire to grow our goals and plans.
These are both nice ways of thinking about it, but the truth is this: the best time to set an intention is NOW! When I am truly ready, when you are truly ready, when we are truly ready to make a change or start something new, now is the best and only time to do it. But it’s more than just intention that drives our change and progress. Walt Kelly, cartoonist of the comic strip Pogo, said “It is not good enough for things to be planned – they still have to be done; for the intention to become a reality, energy has to be launched into operation.” What are you willing to give in service of your intention? Is it energy, time, or money? Is it the uncomfortable act of putting yourself out there by applying for a new job or scheduling a workshop that maybe no one will attend? Is it the real possibility of pain?
I have recently been privileged to witness the power of a strong intention for healing: a friend injured himself quite drastically and has astounded pretty much everyone except himself with the speed of his (ongoing) recovery. The doctors and surgeons first told him he wouldn’t walk for 6 months, then 6 weeks…and then they handed him crutches, because there was no way they were going to keep him down any longer. This recovery cannot have been painless for him; physical therapy is definitely not comfortable! But this was the price he was willing to pay: he has participated in his recovery with his whole being, while simultaneously ignoring every single thought anyone might have had about limitations on the speed of his physical healing. This amazing rate of progress is fuelled by his strong intention to move through this setback and get back out there, his energy in pursuing a return to health and fitness, and his complete refusal to give in to the Story of Being Injured.
What are your intentions for this Now? What do you intend for your own personal self? What are you going to put out into the world? And what’s the next actual thing you can do, what action can you take to promote those intentions into manifested reality?
Happy Intention Setting! Happy Equinox, happy Ostara, happy waxing Moon, and go joyously forward with action now and in the times to come!