The fifth spiritual law is the Law of Intention and Attention, which is based upon the recognition that at the level of the quantum field there is nothing other than energy, and that we are all this energy–all the same energy. This field is influenced by intention and attention.
If you accept that your personal body is not separate from the body of the universe, then by consciously changing your energy, you can influence the energy of your extended body–your environment, your world. This influence is activated by two qualities inherent in consciousness: attention and intention.
If you want something to grow stronger in your life, direct more of your attention to it. If you want something to diminish in your life, withdraw your attention from it. Intention catalyzes the transformation of energy into new forms and expressions. According to ancient yogic principles, your intention has organizing powers.
You can work with this law on your yoga mat and in your life by following these 3 steps:
1) Be clear about your intentions. We do this at the beginning of all my yoga classes, thinking about why we come to our yoga mat, and what we hope to receive from our practice.
2) Trust and surrender to the outcome. Cultivate an attitude of trusting that when things are not going exactly the way you intend them to, there is a grander design at work. When performing your yoga poses, maintain this inner attitude of acceptance and surrender.
3) Practice present moment awareness in all your actions. Don’t allow any obstacles to consume or dissipate the quality of your attention in the present moment.