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Intention is so important. When we set a positive intention before any activity, we increase the likelihood of experiencing a positive result.

As many of my past and current clients know, setting a positive motivation before each session enhances the healing quality of the work that we do. Furthermore, when we include benefiting others in our motivation, we can be sure that the outcome will yield long lasting healing and growth.

We can also take things a step further, incorporating that altruistic intention into our daily lives. I’ve been reciting this short reminder from His Holiness the Dalai Lama almost everyday since 2008. It’s been like a life raft through all these years. Whether I’m having a good day or a “bad” one, if I’ve said this prayer in the morning, I can reflect back on it, reminding myself that no matter what I do have a precious opportunity to learn, grow, and be of benefit others.

I’d like to invite you to copy these lines down and put them somewhere you will see them first thing after waking up. For the next 30 days, say them to yourself, out loud or silently, each morning. As you move through the month, notice any shifts or changes in your attitudes, emotional states, and general sense of well being.

Let me know what you experience!