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Thursday, August 21, 2014

THE PHILOSOPHY OF INTENTION





It’s time to change the way we think and speak about our dreams. Transforming a conversation, just like manifesting a dream, begins by setting an intention. Your intentions will assist you in taking greater control of your life.

As I was working on writing this article about intention, I discovered there are in theory many different kinds of Intention.   Actually, it was just distracting the principles of Intention as a point of clarity and discussion as I have come to understand this process as left brain thinking which is totally a western phenomena.  Setting an intention is something that is a old as thinking. It is a process that our ancestors practice for millennium.                    
  My definition about intention is to have a purpose or plan in mind which you aim to achieve.  I still believe this is the simplest version for understanding intention but I found a paper from Stanford University education department on intention and decided to add it to this article ( this is why they make the big bucks)  I will explore the guises of intention.
 
  1. Intending as Doing:  This describes the state of an phase that have not actually manifested but is understood as a pre-attitude towards some future action.  It is a relation of a thought of reason to an action to be done.  Example: It is my intention to have a monthly column.
  2. Intention in Action:  This describes a state of resistance of casual accounts in acting for a reason.  Identifying doing A intentionally in order to do something else. Example:I am intentionally eating carrots to keep from eating potato chips.
  3. Intention and the Good:  This guise talks about having the desire to achieve what you set your intention on.  Without sincere desire to achieve your intentions, doubts may manifest attributing to movement out of duty and not out of volition.
  4. Intentions as Plans:  Intentions are a distinctive practical attitude marked by it's pivotal role in planning for the future.  It is a conduct-controlling pro-attitude behavior which plays a significant role as input to {means-end} reasoning. The plan in our intention must be adjusted in accordance with changing circumstances as the future comes.
  5. Intention and Belief:  The unity of intention can be found in the knowledge or belief about action.  Assuming that knowledge entails belief, the basis thought is that intention involves the belief that one will succeed. Example: You are setting your intentions believing they will materialize.
And with all of that said, to me Intention is to have a purpose or plan in mind which you aim to achieve and actually putting the steps in place to manifest it.  For many, lack of intention may produce a straying from actualization the goal because one has no meaning or direction in how to achieve.  But with setting an intention, all the forces of the universe can align to make even the most impossible, possible.  Intention can transform the conversation around dreams from fear and doubt, to hope and possibility, followed by action and results.

There’s never been a more important time to dream and setting your intention is the first step. When should you set an intention? You could set an intention every day. Your intention could be to work less and make more, or to find a new career that you are passionate about. It could be to get healthy and physically fit, or to spend more quality time with loved ones or alone. It can be specific and about something in particular or more like a quality, such as to be more relaxed or involved with life.

 People set intentions on all kinds of dreams; to get married or have children, to get a job or make a career change, to write a book, lose weight, or move to a foreign country. When you set an intention and then act on it to demonstrate your commitment, amazing things occur. Intention can also give us fortitude for dealing with tough times. Intention can be used for community or social issues, global events or personal things you want to achieve.  Here are a few incidental intention you could set as you go about your day:

  • Before you get out of bed, you can intend to have a fun or productive day.
  • Before you leave the house, you can intend to have quality time with your family or roommate.
  • Before you start your car, you can intend to have a safe ride to work.
  • Before you enter your workplace, you can intend to learn something new or be helpful.
  • Before the meeting begins, you can intend to be brilliant or calm.
Listed here are the how's of constructing your Intention.

Four Intentional Steps:

1. Get clear about something you want and write it down.

2. Share your intention with someone in a way that will supportively hold you accountable to taking action.

3. Do something today to demonstrate your commitment to your intention.

4. Acknowledge that you did what you said you would and then, take the next step.

By setting an intention, you make it clear to yourself and others, just what you plan to do. Set an intention to redefine what it means to be serious about your dreams.

I envision this information will help you achieve your dreams.  Sometimes we have no clue on how to proceed and something as simple as writing it down and focusing could make all the difference in the world.


In La'Kesh (I am another yourself) Peace, Love and Creation





Information received from Stanford University, Dept. of Education and About. com

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