I wrote in January’s Monthly Note* that I’m not one to make resolutions, nor am I one to choose a word for the year. While both can be wonderful practices, they’re presently not my cup of tea. I do, however, believe in the power of setting intentions.
I’ve been sitting with this idea of intention for several weeks now; in truth, I’ve been sitting with intention (have been trying to practice) for years. But as 2017 drew to a close and 2018 opened its doors, thoughts of intention have been especially persistent.
What is it that I wish to cultivate?
Yes, I could make a resolution. Yes, I could choose a word. But, in setting intention, the energy shifts ever so slightly for me. (And I do think this point is key: for me. We must each move in ways that resonate for us as individuals.) I hold this idea of cultivation carefully. I want to let my intentions settle into my heart, I want to tend them, and I want them to be a living presence.
Again, what is it that I wish to cultivate?
Peace. However, it’s not enough to say I want peace in my life. Peace will not simply show up at my door. I must create space for the peace.
Stillness. Likewise, it’s not enough to say I want stillness and then expect it to happen of its own accord. I must make choices that support stillness.
Love. Same thing. It doesn’t magically appear, or magnify, or shift unless I tend my heart and invite love in and extend love out.
And so I circle back to this…
If I wish to cultivate peace and stillness and love (indeed, if I wish to cultivate anything), cultivation necessitates some kind of action. And action relies on intention set, intention held, intention executed.
Action. At base, I’ve been sitting on projects and know that I need to get moving. I want to take many of the things in my head and heart and put them out into the world. I want to get things done.
I want to organize the pantry closet. I want to get some bookshelves. I want to make curtains for the kitchen window. I want to write my book; I want to write the book proposal for my book. I want to back up all my digital files with regularity. I want to hike. I want to read. I want to sip many cups of tea and bake many loaves of bread. I want peace. I want stillness. I want love.
I’m prepared to make it happen.
And you…what do you wish to cultivate?
Sending a little love your way, m
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