The practice of conscious intentions is not just a method of contemplation but a real means to influence our perceptions, emotions, thoughts and experiences. Intentions train our mind, and direct our experiences.
Intentions have two aspects: the cognitive aspect of wanting to cultivate something, and the intentional actions themselves. These actions resonate directly with the held intention. Therefore, you will witness your intention within the resulting action and experience.
We begin with a higher wish to cultivate a quality such as compassion, creativity, or dialogue. This wish is an internal one created through an intention such as: I maintain the spirit of compassion. The second aspect is the action that takes place in our daily lives– the “how” we live in the spirit of compassion, for example. Our experience then contains both the conscious intention and the intentional action.
Therefore, the more conscious and deliberate our intentions, the more we will be able to influence our actions and experiences.
So, aspire from within through an intention, then activate the intention through engagement with others. Your conscious wish (intention) will manifest in your daily life. It is wholly worthwhile to live an intentional life.
“We need to become fully conscious of the different intentions and motives that are at work in our minds if we wish to penetrate the self-deception that lurk behind our actions.” –Tragel Kyabgon, The Practice of Lojong: Cultivating Compassion through Training the Mind
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