A Holistic Approach to Setting an Intention

January 18, 2021 / Blog

New Year, New Intention…

This year, set an intention that resonates deeply with you.

Visualize what it would be like to “succeed” in this intention.

Also, acknowledge any obstacles that stand in the way of your intention coming into fruition.


When you set your intention, release all expectations.

The process of setting an intention is not linear.  It is not pass/fail.

But, rather a cyclic journey.


It begins by connecting with your heartspace.

A simple way to do this is through breathwork.

Sit with your spine straight.

Breathe deeply to fill the lungs.

Hold the breath at the top of the inhale, and notice what you feel.

Then exhale fully, releasing whatever you need to let go of in your heart.

Do this ten times.

Then allow your intention to form from you heart.

Ask, “What is my heart’s innermost desire?”

(Another helpful form of meditation is Sankalpa, an intention formed by the heart and mind.  Listen to a guided meditation of Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep) and Sankalpa in Vermont Farmacy’s Wellness Series 1: Class 3).


Once you have set your intention, write it down.

Then write a daily or weekly note in relation to your intention.

Along the way, if you find that you need to adjust or alter your intention, do so.

Intentions are not indefinite.


Give yourself at least a full month to focus on your intention.

Acknowledge what you have received by setting your intention.

Give yourself credit for making it happen.

What lessons did you learn?

Who can you share these lessons with?

And then, move on.

Release all judgements and attachments related to your intention, “clear the slate.”

Then either reset your intention, if you feel there is more to learn, or set a new one.


The best time to set an intention is at the beginning of something.

If you want to practice, set an intention at the start of each day.  Write it down, and go through the process.  At the end of the day, evaluate and let go.


Take it a level deeper and practice living intentionally.  In each moment.

Bring awareness into your thoughts words, and actions.
Be intentional with the way you live.

To learn and practice more on intention, go to vtfarmacy.com/wellness and subscribe to our Wellness Series