It can be important to set goals. It’s good to have something to work towards, something to achieve. I believe this, yes. But, living day to day, I like something a little softer.
I like intention.
Intention can be defined as a determination to act in a certain way or as what one intends to do or bring about. It can be an objective or a plan or a purpose. It can be a hope, a belief, a desire. It can be a promise.
That last one: it can be a promise…to oneself. I often set myself small intentions on a daily basis.
May I be patient with the kids today.
May I extend small kindnesses throughout the day.
May I feel peace today.
May I laugh a lot today.
May I get the laundry done today.
Intentions can be big or small; it doesn’t matter what the actual intention is. What matters is the setting of intention, the holding of it in one’s heart. Sometimes I set an intention for the day and then forget about it once I get busy with all that fills my day. But often, I remember…and it becomes a gentle touchstone for me as I move through my day.
A few years ago, I ran a free offering, called Intention for 7. I ran it just twice and, both times, there was good feedback and wonderful conversation among participants. The idea is to choose one intention and hold it, work on it, for 7 days. It sounds simple, and it is, but it’s not always easy.
I plan to run Intention for 7 again in a couple weeks (July 16-22). I have an idea of what my intention for those seven days will be, and I invite you to begin thinking about an intention you might like to work on. The offering is FREE, my gift to you. You can read more and register right here.
There’s something really wonderful about working together. I hope you join us.
Sending a little love your way, m