I think “intention” is something you don’t really understand until you get older. When we’re younger, we do things because we’re told to do it, because of impulse, because of reaction, because of whim. When we’re older, we realize that intention has a power to create direction, shape results, get us to places where we want.
Practicing yoga and reading books about Zen Buddhism and on achieving life happiness have opened my eyes to the power of intention.
For Huffington Post blogger, Marcia Wieder, intention is one of “five principles that will change your life.” She says, “It is the setting of an intention that will call in wonderful resources, opportunities and people.” I have seen examples of the truth of that statement in my own life.
After I started really focusing on these intentions and aspirations (wanting to find a team of people, wanting to travel, wanting to quit my job, see more here), it was as if a Pandora’s box of amazing and wonderful things was opened. People I knew talked to me of their own and others’ travels. I started finding more and more resources to read that were just at my fingertips. I became connected to new people who had interesting and helpful things to share. These past six or so months of preparing have been truly inspiring. And as I talk to more people and read more, my intentions become clearer and are confirmed.
I intend to live my life with joy and laughter.
- I intend to appreciate all that comes my way: challenges, successes, and new opportunities.
- I intend to surround myself with people who are positive, loving, and living life to the fullest.
- I intend to live life not only for myself but for and with others.
- I intend to breathe deeply of the air everyday.
- I intend to look at the sky, the road, the trees, my surroundings and be thankful that I am alive.
It amazes me to think where I was a year, two years, five years, ten years ago. I had no idea I would be where I am today, preparing for a trip to the other side of the world to farm and travel without an itinerary. A year and a half ago, I made the intention that I wanted to be happy and not stuck in the life I was in. And with the support of loved ones, I am light years ahead of where I was then. And I have not lost anything in the process. If anything, I have gained even more than I thought was possible.
Life lived with intention allows for anything to be possible that leads to more and more happiness. Who thought so much happiness was possible?