One good intention.
“Be mindful of intention. Intention is the seed that creates our future.”
– Jack Kornfield
In a world driven by goals, simply setting an intention can sound vague and ineffective, a way of avoiding compromise almost. But on the contrary, setting a good intention helps you live true to yourself, it reminds you of your good nature, and it becomes the compass that keeps pointing at what is most important to you.
On this week’s practice, we propose that you take a moment every morning to set one good intention for yourself for that day. It can be the same one every day, or it can be a new one if you want to experiment. Here are some questions that might help you set your intention:
What matters most to me today?
How would I like to make others feel?
What would I like to let go of?
How can I be more loving/helpful to my family/team/community/planet…?
Try to remember your intention during the day and revisit at the end of the day. How do you feel it went?
WHY IS IT GOOD?
In his book After the Ecstasy, the Laundry Jack Kornfield explains why intention is so important: “Becoming aware of intention is the key to awakening in moment-to-moment practice. In each situation that calls for our engagement, some inner intention will precede our response.”
They key difference between setting an intention and a goal is that there is no failure with intention, so it releases any concern about outcomes.
Here are some benefits of setting a good intention to guide your day:
It helps you stay focused and centred.
It has the ability of giving you what you want and need in the present, moment by moment.
It can help you accomplish your goals more easily.
They will increase the positive effects of your goals and actions.
You can pick any intention, from small and simple (enjoy your cuppa) to Dalai Lama style.
“Today I want/intend/wish/hope to...
...be constructive and encouraging with my feedback about my team’s work.”
...eat more healthily.”
...make people around me laugh.”
...not swear or turn into Godzilla when I hear any empty promises by any politician anywhere in the world.”
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