Why We Set Intentions in Yoga and Meditation Practice

But what about when doubt creeps in? Psychotherapist Joyce Marter, LCPC, author of The Financial Mindset Fix: A Mental Fitness Program for an Abundant Life, says questioning whether you’re doing it right is completely normal. “Setting an intention is a form of abstract thinking that utilizes our more intuitive, open and creative mind,” she says. “It’s our ego that judges whether we are doing it right… The ego is our mind’s understanding of ourselves and our experiences and our inner saboteur is an aspect of ego that criticizes and judges us.” When that inner saboteur kicks in, it can be difficult to shake those negative feelings, which can hinder performance and lead to more judgment and criticism.

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