An intention seriously embraced is like having a GPS system to navigate the ups and downs of our activities. We might hit the detours, bad weather and traffic jams that show up in our lives, but there is a direction under all of that. We don’t have to keep our minds on our intention every minute. Instead we can trust that we are heading in the right direction and enjoying the process as we go.

There can be long-range intentions and intentions for just one day. As we all know, intentions focus us on something we wish to accomplish. A certain amount of passion has to be behind an intention for it to be successful. It needs to be important to us for us to keep it alive.

Phrases Posted on Facebook, August 2019

Have you noticed that the word tension is nicely tucked into the word intention? When we really commit to an intention, we will be in a hidden state of tension, holding the commitment steady until we have arrived at its fruition.
There is a difference between an intention and an aspiration. An intention, to my mind, engages the will. There is hope and longing in aspirations, and those feelings engage the heart more than the will ever can. When I have hope and longing (that is aspiration) fueling an intention, the goal will more likely be reached.
Here’s a beautiful quote from Faouzi Skali: “A true action must be driven by a devotion, a spiritual intention; this alone makes it a form of worship.”
We make an intention, and then we let it go for all kinds of good reasons. “Oh well,” we say and that’s that. But it isn’t. We have failed ourselves a little or a lot. Better to be honest, set a reasonable goal, know we won’t be perfect at it, take small, doable steps, ask for help, and allow time to be our friend. An intention can last a lifetime and morph us into more and more wholeness.
As in everything, there are levels to intentions. Notice the difference between these two: “I’m going to get the laundry done” versus “I am going to learn more patience”. I like to think of our deeper intentions as nudges from the core urging us to express and manifest more of who we already are.
Here’s something truly simple. A daily intention to give away as many smiles as possible is chock full of kindness and goes further than any of us knows.
Sometimes we intend a thing with a good heart, but it is not received as it was intended. We are misunderstood. If we inwardly hold to the goodness that we, intended, we have an opportunity to let the misunderstanding be. That’s not easy! But we can learn to trust that in the spiritual realm our heart’s intention was known and noted.
Part of a doctor’s assignment is to intend to do no harm. We are the day-to-day doctors of our lives. Having the intention to do no harm to others and our selves is a worthy way to live in this time in our nation when so much hostility is in the common air.
Here’s another quote from Faouzi Skali: “Your actions are certainly the fabric of your soul. But do not rely on their appearance for it is in the intention behind your actions that breathes life into them.”
Here’s another good quote. This one is from Kahled Bentouines. “One cannot play with the truth. If our intentions are not in keeping with our actions, if we are hypocritical toward ourselves and others, we are wasting our time. Our efforts and energies will be in vain.”
To intend something long-term is much harder than intending something just for a day or for an hour.
It’s actually lovely to intend something for an hour and be successful. Then doing it for another hour we might feel really successful. We could call it a game of hours and try out different intentions until we find one that truly is a long-term practice we feel confident to commit to.