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hello readers,

so i have this idea of making my monday posts meditations.mediation mondays has a nice ring…i am easily drawn to the allure of alliteration.

the last 24 hours i have had the notion of intention swimming through my brain. for those of you who missed it, i wrote about new year’s resolutions and how easily we break them.

i find it interesting how definitive a resolution tends to be — a firm decision to do or not do something. and yet we break them with such ease. still, we allow ourselves to hold on to an intention even after we have lost our path on the journey to fulfill it.

intention |inˈten ch ən|
1 a thing intended; an aim or plan : she was full of good intentions | [with infinitive ] the Ukraine and Kazakhstan have both declared their intention to be nuclear-free.
• the action or fact of intending : intention is just one of the factors that will be considered.
• ( one’s intentions) a person’s designs, esp. a man’s, in respect to marriage : if his intentions aren’t honorable, I never want to see him again.
2 Medicine the healing process of a wound.

many people have the “good intention” to lose weight, get fit, eat better, quit smoking, etc. many of those same people have made and broken resolutions to do those very things. they will lament that they failed at keeping the resolution, yet they will continue to express their desired intention.

a resolution puts you in a box, intention allows you freedom to breathe. if you resolve to be on a specific diet and don’t follow it, you have “failed.” if you intend to eat better, then each time you do you have completed your intention, and each time you don’t…well… you just didn’t. so you can simply intend to eat better at the next meal rather than sit feeling guilt stricken regarding your inability to follow a diet plan.

intention is about planting a seed and being aware it takes time to grow. i like how the second definition, which is related to medicine, sees intention as a healing process. it is a process. which is why it is part of one’s yoga practice…

“Intention is the starting point of every spiritual path. As the ancient Indian sages observed thousands of years ago, our destiny is shaped by the deepest level of our intention and desire.”

“You are what your deepest desire is.
As your desire is, so is your intention.
As your intention is, so is your will.
As your will is, so is your deed.
As your deed is, so is your destiny.”
~ Upanishads

something to consider. what are your thoughts?