Move your body. Don't plan how you will move, get settled inside yourself and then follow the movements your body wants to make, let yourself be danced by the movements arising. Experiment with moving your body in a circular motion. How does it feel to move from standing or being large to curling up on the floor or being smaller? Notice how you felt when you watched the movement in the Intention film clip. Play with deciding to do something and notice what sensations arise. Set your mind to move towards another person, and notice what emotions you feel.
Notice the moon, notice the season
The intention phase is associated with the new moon and with late winter. It is a time of rest. A time of allowing for the clear vision and desire to arise for what comes next. You might not always be in the new moon or late winter every time you are in the intention phase. This is okay. You may be in a shorter or longer process, one which spans a week, a month, a year, 5 years, your whole life.
Check in with your body
Where are you in your hormone cycle? Track your cycle. Notice how you feel. Honor this. Cultivate tenderness for your body and it's cycles. This is a radical rebellion that counters capitalism which denies the earth's cycles for system of never-ending expansion at all costs. The more we work with our body, the more productive we are. This is true productivity, in concert with your body, your relationships, the earth.
Creative Exercise: create your intention statement
Write for 5-10 minutes. If writing isn't your thing, sketch, draw, paint, move, or whatever form is the most productive for discovering your intention. What do you want to create? Why do you want to make it? Identify your desire. After you're done, distill it into one clear sentence. Make it as clear and concise as possible. This is your organizing axis. Write it on a piece of paper and put it up in a place where you can see it.
Try setting your intention during the new moon. Try setting your intention during menstruation, or midway between testosterone shots, or when you take estrogen, or during the winter time.
Make a Plan: Resourcing Exercise
This is the time of rest and renewal. For trusting your gut. For setting your sight on what is next. For letting yourself know deeply what you want. For trusting you already have everything within you that you need to make it real.
What do you need to support you in fully experiencing the intention phase with ease? Write a list of internal and external resources to support you in this part of the process. A resource is anything that helps you connect with yourself. An internal resource might be a part of your body that feels good or a happy memory, and an external resource might be walking outside with a friend, or playing with an animal. Some resources are internal and some are external. Here is a list of some examples of each. Write your own list and put it somewhere visible in your home space to reference for ideas when you need to reconnect with yourself.
Feeling the sensation of your feet on the floor, experiencing your breath, feeling the strength of your spine or legs or arms, meditating, remembering a time when you experienced joy or connection, writing, singing, making music, dancing or other movement, physical contact with yourself.
Talking with a friend, physical contact with other people, spending time in nature, spending time with animals, looking at things of beauty, telling a story and being listened to, receiving bodywork or another kind of healing modality.