There is a lot of talk in personal growth circles about the ways various practices will set you up for success and help you love your most authentic life. If you haven’t heard of microdosing magic mushrooms, get ready to have your mind blown. We are going to share with you 10 ways they will help you on the path to optimizing your potential and living a more abundant life.
“Intentions compressed into words enfold magical powers.”
What Does it Mean to Set an Intention vs. a Goal?
I remember the first time I heard about setting intentions. I was at a next-level-type training session for a direct sales company.
“We’re going to invest time into setting our intentions,” the presenter stated.
“Like, goals?” I internally questioned in consideration.
The answer is sort of, but not quite. Setting intentions is more involved than passively thinking about a goal: it breathes life into all of your goals. If I am sounding a little woo-woo at this point, I get it, but let’s dig deeper and explore this, and, while we are at it, get a feel for how setting an intention is important for microdosing.
Setting a Goal
Take one of your goals.
What would happen if you relentlessly reminded yourself of it?
I want you to go back in time to when you were a teenager and someone reminded you to stop leaving all your damned shoes all over the floor in the entryway. Every friggin’ time you came in the door. Right after you flopped on the couch and turned on the T.V. When you were just about to leave to hang out with your friends.
Someone wouldn’t relent and you learned to pick up after yourself. Win-win. Your present self thanks that person because you are just a little bit less of a slob. Two peoples’ goals accomplished.
This might sound like a silly comparison, but that omnipresent voice from your teenage years probably helped you accomplish a lot of things, even when you weren’t feeling all that motivated. You can do the same thing for yourself, if you want to nail your goal:
- Get extremely specific about what it is that you want.
- Be that persistent voice of encouragement for yourself (hopefully you will think far more happy thoughts when that voice comes from inside of you, rather than from, say, mom or dad).
- Keep what you want front and center and eat, sleep and breathe it until you have your way with it, taking no prisoners and own it like a boss.
That’s what it means to set and accomplish a goal and it differs from setting an intention in several important ways. You may indeed have a goal with microdosing psilocybin-containing magic mushrooms. For example, it could be to replace your antidepressants with a natural alternative. This isn’t the same thing as setting an intention though.
Setting an Intention
Yoga classes famously help people set an intention. You’ve got your mat rolled out and are lying in savasana waiting for class to begin. Palms facing up, legs splayed outwards and in a state of mindfulness or breathing meditation, you wait for the instructor to let you know it is time to begin your practice.
I’ve sat in yoga classes that begin like this more times than I can count. The instructor gets everyone to sit or stand up and asks the class members to individually take a moment to set an intention for their practice. Usually I would say something like this to myself, “I want to sweat, get my heels closer to the floor in downward dog, and be in control of my breath at all times.”
If you’ve said similar things to yourself, you just set a goal. Goals are results focused. In contrast, intentions are not something with an outcome or evaluation attached to them. An intention is something you want to bring your life into alignment with. It’s a purpose you want to commit to and it is heart-driven.
Examples of intentions might include:
- I intend to nurture connections with others
- I intend to forgive others and myself
- I intend to practice patience
- I intend to let go of fear
- I intend to embrace change
- I intend to look for opportunities for spiritual growth
- I intend to focus on relationships that bring me inner peace
- I intend to allow myself to be vulnerable
- I intend to love others unconditionally
- I intend to be open to success and abundance
What is your intention?
Here’s how to figure it out:
- What matters most to you?
- What aspects do you want to grow in?
- What thoughts are you holding onto that no longer serve you?
- What or when do you feel the happiest?
- Are there any words you would like to align yourself with?
- What things are you grateful for?
Now that you know what your intention is, we are going to show you the top 10 reasons why you need this practice so you can set yourself up for success every day:
Setting an intention when you are following a microdosing regimen is an important ritual and will help you feel more connected to your purpose for microdosing. You are also more likely to achieve whatever it is you are hoping to accomplish. It also increases the likelihood you will notice if you are finding relief from specific symptoms you are trying to alleviate. It is a form of manifestation meditation: if you have an intention and are consistently looking for ways to align yourself with it, this will help you manifest it. This is the power of positive intent and this optimism puts you in the mindset for success.
1. You Become a More Positive Person
Your intention should be comprised of motivational words that make you feel good, so choose words that have a positive ring to them.
For example, “My intention is to nurture connections with others” will be more effective than saying, “My intention is not to be so lonely.”
Get out of your head. Keep it positive, uplifting and in present-tense.
2. You Become the Facilitator of Your Own Evolution
If we focus on the same intention for too long, our mind will get desensitized to it. That doesn’t mean the intention is no longer good though, so if it is something you need to continue working on, the best way to continue progressing is to adjust your intention so you can proceed with your evolution.
If your intention is to “let go of fear” it could be adjusted a few days later to “release mental blocks that stand in the way of me letting go of my fears.”
3. You live in the now
The process of setting intentions inherently allows is to live in the present and be focused on what we need in the short term. Martial artists like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA fighters are using the power of intentions combined with microdosing magic mushrooms to help them be more present and creative in their sport.
Having a long-term perspective is still highly valuable but breaking down your intentions to smaller, more manageable parts to help you get there is a major success tool. Plus, you set yourself up to enjoy multiple victories, which is very rewarding and affirming.
4. You become more in tune with yourself
Your intention is your Google map. It will help you get to where you want to go. If you don’t understand where you are going, it is going to be much more challenging to arrive at your destination.
Here’s the challenge:
Your intention cannot be conjured by force in the same way a map can. It has to be something you really believe in and want for yourself.
The process of setting an intention is necessarily an inside job, so dust off that internal compass, find your true north, take your bearings and focus on what your intention is.
5. You feel centered and more aware
Intentions come from within and when they come from a place of positivity or contentment rather than a sense of criticism or urgency, they are much more powerful. If an intention is truly yours and came from within, it will tune you into what you need.
Stay centered and do not let the opinions or doubts of others influence you. Your heart knows everything will be alright, even if you don’t know exactly how or when.
Try using spiritual meditation or prayer to cultivate this awareness and self-confidence.
6. You will be inclined to contribute
Most of us look at the world around us and experience at least a minimal degree of concern or discomfort. Whether it is an issue at work or one that is global in scope, chances are there is something pushing your buttons. You may have experienced the frustrating and common feeling that you are powerless to help.
An intention can change that.
When you set one, you open your mind to opportunities where you can contribute in a meaningful way. You can shift your perspective on the impact of the seemingly smallest contribution. Just saying to yourself that you choose to be a game-changer is extremely powerful, positive motivation.
7. You will experience increased gratitude
Have you ever become so wrapped up in a task that you stop noticing the little amazing things going on around you?
These little wonders can be major sources of gratitude, a transformative attribute.
Setting an intention can help remind you not to get so lost and focused on your work that you neglect to appreciate the things you are actually trying to enjoy by working so hard in the first place!
8. You will become more effective
Focusing on your intention will help you become more effective.
For example, you can set an intention to be more focused, but it will be more powerful if you broaden the scope of that original intention. What thinking will open up your mind to increased focus?
You could expand your intention to be something like this:
“I intend to attract clarity, inspiration and creativity to consistently guide me through my tasks.”
Who just wants to be focused after reading that?! Dig deep and you will set an intention that is just right for you.
9. You become empowered
Do you catch yourself telling lies… to yourself? How often do you say you’re not good enough, smart enough, attractive enough, educated enough, elite enough?
Why have you let this negative, self-deprecating talk stand between you and what you want?
Setting a positive intention is a great way to change a negative, pessimistic mindset for inspirational thoughts and become empowered to be you and do you. Detach from the outcome. Outcomes are based on insecurities while intentions are limitless.
10. You stress less
Setting intentions will help you get out of your head and reduce your stress. It will help take your mind off your problems and change your perspective on the limitations that have been opposed on your by yourself and others.
All that for a focus on something that will have a positive impact on your life. When you state your intention it puts the capacity and ability to change in your hands. What about the intricacies and the details? Let the universe handle them.
Take a few minutes each day to set your intention for microdosing. Many people have a Happiness Book or Intentions Journal where they record their intentions as well as any thoughts or observations they have while they are microdosing.
Physically writing your intentions down and keeping a record of them will help you focus on who you are in the moment, recognize what is really important to you, and elevate your emotional energy. You’ve got this.
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