How to Reach Your Goals Quickly with Divine Inspiration
8 Steps to Manifesting Your Goals
Goals are great! We all have them and I’m willing to bet you have a few you’re striving to reach right now. In today’s fast-paced world, we tend to want what we want now—that all too familiar feeling of instant gratification. We can become attached to a specific outcome or desired result when setting our goals as well. Unfortunately, this often leads to disappointment or feelings of failure when our goals are not fulfilled to meet our desired outcome. Oftentimes we choose to focus on the end result, so much so, that we miss out on the wonderment of where we are right now as well as the journey we take along the way. I’ve struggled with this myself and over the years I’ve found a few ways to set and reach my goals where I’m actually enjoying the process and delighting in the results.
This goal setting process helps infuse your goals with divine inspiration, intention and purpose. Pick one goal you want to work on, grab a pen and paper or prepare to type and find a quiet place where you will be uninterrupted for around 15-20 minutes.
Step 1: Settle the Mind
Start with meditation to quiet your mind and become fully present. Sit in a comfortable crossed legged position, spine is tall—close your eyes. Bring your attention to your breath, but don’t try to change it, just notice and observe it.
Step 2: Focus on Your Goal
Keeping your eyes closed, bring your goal into your awareness. Using your third eye, your yogic eye or center of wisdom, start to form a general picture or outline of your goal.
Step 3: Include the Senses
We start to invite in the senses now by focusing on the Tanmantras, one by one, adding in the smells, the sounds, the feelings—start to create a more defined picture of your goal now. In your mind’s eye, see yourself taking the steps to reach your goal; is there anyone else there with you, helping you? See the goal as a movie, playing from beginning to middle and end.
Step 4: Be Open to an Alternate Ending
You will most likely start to form a sought after or pleasing ending to your goal, which is great. And I would like to suggest that you also remain open to all or any alternate endings that are in the highest and best good, for yourself and everyone involved. Often times we will achieve our goals in ways we never thought possible, in ways we didn’t intend on when we first started out. This is why it is important to honor and be aware of all possibilities, even if that ends up looking totally different than what you had intended or envisioned. Keeping an open heart and mind, allowing the divine to guide you and send you the instructions you need, is most recommended here.
Step 5: Surrender and Seal the Deal
As you sit with your eyes closed, envisioning your goal and welcoming in the divine light, feeling the Asamprajnata Samahdi or super consciousness, continue to sit quietly for a few more minutes. The practice of Ishvarapranidhana, is the practice of surrendering to this divine higher purpose.
Step 6: Data Dump. Don’t Try to Analyze It
Gently start to blink your eyes open and immediately following your meditation, while still in a calm relaxed state, write or type out the name of your goal and anything that came through to you during your meditation. Do not try to sensor your thoughts or feelings, just let the words flow out of you freely surrounding your goal and the messages, thoughts, pictures or emotions that presented themselves to you during your meditation. Don’t try to analyze it, just let this data dump occur naturally and flow out of you without trying to change or sensor it.
Step 7: Become Fully Present and Thank Yourself
Become fully present and take a moment to thank yourself for taking the time and energy towards achieving your goals in a divinely inspired way. Keep a feeling a lightness and gratitude, a sort of playful approach to achieving your goal. Be open to all perceived challenges throughout the journey, seeing them as lessons needed to help you reach your goal from a deep and divine place, rather than as a block in your way. Be patient and kind to yourself and allow your goal to unfold naturally, without force or attachment to the final outcome.
Step 8: Take the First Step Right Now
Now it is time to get started! Choose one single action item or step that you can take towards your goal right now. First, type or write down the first step you’re choosing to take right now. Next, ask yourself why you chose that step to start, why is it necessary? Continue to write out how you will accomplish this task, listing everything that comes to mind. You may be pleasantly surprised that options or ways to accomplish your goal may randomly appear to you, so don’t be afraid to take inspired action.
Remember, goals are great but they’re even better when you create them with divine loving care and continue bringing them into fruition with divine inspiration and action. Continue taking the inspired action and complete the first step forward towards reaching your goal. Repeat this process working on each individual action item or step needed for your goal. Each time you meditate on your goal, using all of your senses, you set and strengthen the blueprint. It is well worth your time and effort.
**Cheryl **is an Entrepreneur, Mother, Yoga Devotee, Yoga Therapist and health conscious Vegan who strives to share the gift of yoga with everyone she comes in contact with. She uses Yoga Therapy to achieve goals such as weight loss, stress reduction, emotional healing, and manifesting. Making time to honor a daily yoga practice is a high priority and can completely transform your life- for the better.
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How to Use Mudras to Regulate the Five Elements of Your Body
Many cultures from around the world, including those based in China, Japan, India, and elsewhere, believe the Universe is comprised of specific elements. You are likely familiar with the four most common elements of earth, air, fire, and water. Some traditions, including Indian philosophy, Hinduism and Buddhism, add ether or space as the fifth element. According to these groups, humans are tasked with keeping these elements in alignment in the Universe, on earth, and within ourselves.
- Earth, or bhumi in Sanskrit, corresponds to anything solid. For instance, in your body earth elements include skin, bone,hair, teeth and organs.
- Air, or pavan in Sanskrit, is believed to be the highest of all the elements. Within the body, your breath is the air element.
- Fire, or agni in Sanskrit, serves as a source of warmth. The heat from our breath and other parts of our body correspond to this element.
- Water, or jala in Sanskrit, is critical to the survival of all living things and as such is one of the most important elements to keep in balance. All of the liquids in our bodies stem from this element.
- The great unifier of the elements is Ether, known as aakash in Sanskrit. Ether is thought to bring the other four elements together and allow them to prosper.
It is thought by some that the imbalance of these elements on Earth can cause natural disasters from drought to earthquakes to wildfires. Similarly, the belief is that if these elements are misaligned within a human body, this can lead to disease and other ailments. For the treatment of imbalance within oneself, performing specific mudras are often recommended.
Before you begin to diagnose which elements might be weak or imbalanced, try to identify which element is your greatest strength. For example, I am a Leo, which means my element is fire. Knowing this can direct me towards my area of strength and power. What is your element?
What are Mudras?
From the Sanskrit word mudra, mudras are symbolic hand gestures used in Hindu or Buddhist religious ceremonies and in the practice of yoga. Occasionally these gestures are done with the whole body, but more often they are focused on the hand. While I will be focusing on the mudras from the Buddhist and Hindu religions, you can find mudras in almost every culture. They can be found in meditation, yoga, the hand gestures in ethnic dancing – think Indian or Flamenco.
My preference is to practice madras while sitting in a cross-legged position on the floor with plenty of back support. However, they can be practiced while sitting, lying, standing, walking or even talking. Moreover, you only need five minutes to practice your mudras, but for best results upwards of twenty minutes is suggested. Which means you have no excuse not to give one a try!
For me, the practice of mudras is meditation with specific hand movements. For those of you that struggle with meditation, this practice is a good gateway into more formal meditation. You sit relatively still and allow our mind to slow, but you can keep your mind somewhat active as your focus on the hand gestures. This is especially good for mudras that have your alternate between different positions.
If you already have a regular meditation practice, you may already be using a mudra and not realize it. For instance, if you meditate by sitting in a cross legged position with your thumb and index finger connected so they form a zero and your other fingers extended and your hands placed palms-up on your thighs, then you are performing a classic Chin Mudra. This mudra focuses on your breathing. By sitting and holding your hands in this way you are activating your diaphragm and creating a healthy flow of oxygen in and out of your body.
The Basics of Mudras and the Five Elements
- Mudras for the earth element will include your ring finger
- Mudras for the air element will incorporate your index finger
- Mudras for the fire element will include your thumb
- Mudras for the water element will incorporate your pinky or little finger
- Mudras for the ether element will focus on your middle finger
Mudra for Balancing Energy
A good place to start when diving into mudras for element alignment is this mudra for balancing energy. It incorporates each of the five elements by including each finger in the process.
If you are feeling “off” and are looking for a quick fix that you can do from anywhere, this is it. You can even take five minutes at your desk to perform this mudras during the day or take a few minutes before going to bed at night.
It is a set of four mudras or hand gestures. First, on both hands simultaneously, touch the tips of your thumb and index finger together and hold for approximately five seconds. Then, move your thumb to your middle finger and hold that connection. Continue to your ring finger and lastly your pinky. Do several rounds of this until your breathing has slowed and you are ready to return to your day or drift off to sleep.
Mudra for Arthritis or Parkinson’s
Simply called Vayu, this mudra is recommended for those suffering from arthritis or Parkinson’s Disease. This is not a cure, but might help in addition to your other treatments and medications. Press the index finger on the base of thumb and keep the thumb on the index finger. Let the other fingers be straight. Do this for several minutes.
Mudra for Increased Strength
Named the Prithvi Mudra, this simple gesture aims at increasing your physical strength. Join the tip of the thumb and ring finger and hold for several minutes. Your other fingers should be pointing outwards.
Mudras for Balancing Emotions
These mudras are aimed at helping adjust an emotion that is overwhelming you in some way. Notice that each finger corresponds not only to an element, as discussed above, but also to emotions and internal aspects of your body. In order to affect either the emotion or body part, squeeze the corresponding finger on both sides.
- For emotions relating to fear or issues related to the kidneys, activate your little or pinky finger
- For emotions relating to anger or issues connected to the liver, gall bladder, or central nervous system, activate your ring finger
- For dealing with the emotion of impatience or the heart, small intestine, circulatory and respiratory systems, activate your middle finger
- For emotions relating to depression, sadness, and grief or issues with the lungs, activate your index finger
- For dealing with the emotion of worry or anxiety or for reoccurring stomach issues, activate your thumb
For me this guidance triggers a few thoughts. First, the close connection between anxiety and the stomach make complete sense to me. Whenever I am feeling super anxious, my stomach very quickly becomes my enemy. I also find it amusing – albeit in a sophomoric way – that the middle finger corresponds to impatience. Lastly, I think about individuals who imbibe in too much alcohol and how when the liver is in overdrive, so then is their ability to regulate the emotion of anger. Do you see any other connections that you can make either in your life of in the lives of your friends and family?
The Connection Between Mudras and Yoga
A lesser known type of yoga is called Yoga Tatva Mudra Vigyan. It incorporates select mudras into a more sedentary yoga practice, similar to meditation. The yoga texts that describe this branch of practice are the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Gheranda Samhita.
One example of a mudra that lends itself to yoga is the Brahma Mudra. This mudra is known for relaxing the nervous system, reducing snoring, and increasing lung capacity.
In the exercise, you first must put your hands into the Adi Mudra. In Adi Mudra, the thumb is placed at the base of the small finger and the remaining fingers curl over the thumb, forming a light fist. Now, that you are in Adi Mudra, turn the knuckles of both hands together the hands facing upward are placed at the navel area. It is important when practicing any yoga mudra to take at least twelve deep breaths. The longer you hold this pose and observe your breath, the greater the outcome.
If you haven’t already tried out some of these mudras while reading this article, here are some next steps. First, decide if you would like to work with mudras in your yoga practice, meditation, or if there is a specific mudra that meets your needs.
For a more formal approach to incorporating mudras, here is a quick video that demonstrates a few easy mudras, I think Faith does a great job of walking you through the basics. Once you have progressed through her lesson, the next step is to try this longer video. Think of it as a whole class. You will feel so good afterwards and have a much better understanding of mudras and how they can be applied.
Also, now that you are getting more in touch with your hands, there are specific exercises you can do to take care of them.
While I suggest starting with the videos to learn the poses, after that you are free to explore on your own. I really like mudras, because unlike meditation and yoga, which are best practiced in a quite space, mudras can be practiced at any time. They can be added into your day in a more organic way. You can pick a mudra for stressful meetings and another one for before drifting off to sleep.