This is a concept that is deeply simple but can have profound implications. I learned this from a Buddhist teacher who recommended it in the context of meditating though it is relevant across absolutely anything you do. Before you begin, set an intention - what is the purpose of what you are doing, i.e. in my meditation it was to gain awareness, insight, calm, balance, to inquire. This is relevant for every moment of our lives - what we are meeting that friend for, what is the intention for this next hour, day, week or lifetime. Unless we have an intention for something we can get lost without direction, feel disconnected and purposeless. Setting our intention is a form of mindful behaviour which can ensure that on a daily basis you are leading the life you intend to, in small ways and larger ways.
From day to day (each morning I decide what I'll be working on, if I'll fit in yoga or a walk, whether Ill knuckle down and do my admin all day, or simply to be kind all day to me and those around me). We can check in with ourselves to see how we are doing and explore without judgement if we went down a different track. This awareness prevents us getting pulled in other directions in unhelpful ways - demands from others, we may actually be able to resist, emails etc.
When we extend this to setting an intention for your business or project, or perhaps your whole life it can give you a clearer perspective. What is it the intention for your life? To have a family, a thriving business, to be kind, gain knowledge, to make music, to get rich. If we don't have a direction or a destination how will we know which way to go.
I thought about this for myself when beginning to offer mentoring. You can read more about my thoughts in the section 'about me' and also the mentoring introduction blog post. My intention is to continue to lead a life that is satisfying, authentic and sustainable as possible, and be free from regret. Part of this is my wish for others who are like minded to live this way too, as much as possible given the limitations of the modern world, but it is possible!
So, your turn! What is your intention for this moment? for this hour? For this day? For your whole life?
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I'm Kate, a jewellery designer behind @graceandflora, therapist and creative consultant, mentor and coach. I also like to write creative business tips, inspiration and advice
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