Durga Leela: How To Incorporate Intention Setting Into Your Life

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Durga Leela: How To Incorporate Intention Setting Into Your Life

One of my daily practices is to get quiet and meditate. I do it for 20 minutes in the morning before I go to work and then I do it again for 20 minutes before I go to bed. I know that it is true for me that the silence isn’t empty. It’s full of answers. It is through meditation that my creative  desires bubble to the surface. This is where my vision for what I want to achieve gains clarity. Author and life coach Iyanla Vanzant says that if the Universe gave you the vision, the Universe will give you the provision.

 


In looking for further inspiration and clarity around the subject of intention, I reached out to Durga Leela (spiritual name). Founder of Yoga of Recovery® a comprehensive program that integrates Ayurveda and Yoga with recovery tools for those affected by addiction and self-destructive behaviors. She is a person in long term recovery (20 years).  She is the Director of the Ayurveda Programs at the Sivananda Yoga Farm, since 2003 and faculty for several Yoga Therapy Accredited schools. She represents "Yoga as a Recovery Pathway" in the National Recovery Conference and runs an Annual Recovery Symposium at the Yoga Retreat in Bahamas and Yogaville in Virginia, USA


My intention is to make conscious contact daily with the creative power of the universe
— Durga Leela

(1) How have you used the power of intention in your life?

I follow Swami Sivananda's guidance - Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate, Realize. 

The Upanishads (classic Vedic text) says, “You are what your deepest desire is. As your desire is, so is your intention. As your intention is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.”  

My intention is to make conscious contact daily with the creative power of the universe - through practice of asana, pranayama, meditation, satsang etc.

My request is how can I serve?  It is amazing the opportunities that present themselves and I use the answer the 12 steps taught me - YES! 

Often I am not sure of what to do so my next question is HOW? 

I have good friends and satsang so collaboratively we always find a way.  My friend Don Coyhis calls us knowledge workers - we may not initially know how to do a thing, but when asked, we can find a way.  

(2) What's the #1 thing people should do more often?

I am not keen on the word SHOULD!! When distressed by anything in life, take a moment to BE - in your body, with your breath, in gratitude for the miracle of life around you : )


You’ll learn:

  • How to make conscious contact daily with the creative power of the universe

  • The amazing opportunities that present when we request ‘how can I serve’?

  • What to do when distressed by anything in life