My cat participated in my meditation today, laying on my lap and staying very quiet during the 20 minutes.
I think that the stillness is contagious.
A wonderful day for you.
Today, experiment with allowing insight to arise in meditation. Set the intention to receive insight into a question, such as, “How I could improve my relationship with X?” or “What do I need to pay attention to today?” Start with something easy. In other words, don’t begin with a question that may activate your desire or fear of something that involves risk or big change. Then go into meditation. Afterward write down anything that may have arisen.
Notice the emotions that come up about the answer. Usually when something feels right there will be a positive feeling, even a sense that this is something you knew already. (If there’s resistance, you might ask where the resistance comes from, whether it’s the ego’s resistance to change or something you should pay attention to.)
Then try acting on the guidance for a day or so and see what the result is. If there’s an opening, a shift, or some sort of creative recognition that comes as a result, then you know it’s good guidance. Soon you’ll be able to discern the difference between the guidance that’s a form of wishful thinking or that simply comes from the surface mind and that which comes from deep intuition. As with any other skill, it takes practice. But the more you meditate, the more you’ll find your intuitive faculties developing.
I like the idea of setting an intention for my meditation sessions, but I don’t always know what it should be. Does it have to be different each time?
It’s totally fine to have the same intention every day. I always use something like, “I will fully give myself to meditation for the next hour (or XX minutes).” You might want to find different ways of wording it so the intention has some punch for you. But you definitely don’t need to come up with a new one every day. Sometimes there will be a question or something you need help with that you want to bring into meditation. But on the whole, your intention should be to meditate as deeply as possible, to settle, to get quiet, to be present with your practice.