Defining and Setting Intentions

Key Points

Following are some key points on defining intention and setting intentions:

  • Intention drives the way that we engage in any activity and acts as an inner sense of direction
  • Intention is the starting point of every dream and vision
  • Everything that happens in the universe begins with intention
  • Intention is like drawing a map to where you want to go
  • A classic Vedic text, known as the Upanishads, states, “You are what your deepest desire is. As your desire is, so is your intention. As your intention is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.”
  • During meditation, or immediately afterwards, is a great time to plant your seeds of intention
  • Release your attachment to a specific outcome (which is based on fear and insecurity). Instead, intend for everything to work out as it should, then let go and allow opportunities to come your way
  • Trust the Universe to receive and process your intention
  • Your intention should have a positive tone
  • It’s more practical to set an intention for the short-term rather than the long-term
  • Setting an intention is different than setting a goal. An intention is not oriented to a future outcome. It is a path or practice that is focused on how you are ‘being’ in the present moment.
  • Intentions set up action which moves us towards an outcome
  • Be clear and specific with your intentions
  • Intention begins with the realization that you can chose who to be
  • Don’t set intentions based on fear, anger, or running from something bad or challenging

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