We’ve been talking a lot lately about wholeness, balance and intention.
So what exactly is the purpose of all this?
To foster the power of intention and find the unique balance that we’re all searching for. You’re already thinking about it, even if unconsciously, it’s why you’re reading these blogs, doing cleanses and seeking out new information from a variety of sources, right? This soul searching isn’t always an easy task, but it’s an important one. It also doesn’t happen overnight, so remember; slow and steady usually wins any race.
If you’ve been following along for my last few posts, then you’ve hopefully identified some important parts of your unique whole. Perhaps you’ve also done some thinking about how those parts are currently balanced in your life, and what it would take to bring the scale into equilibrium.
So now what?
Once you have an idea about what your own unique whole would look like, it’s time to step bravely forward on the high-wire of life. Your journey is fueled by thought, but it’s achievable only through action. What’s that bridge that links the two? Your intention.
People have been setting intentions for a long time. The word intention originates from 12th century Latin, originally defined as effort and directed attention. Today we understand intention more or less the same, as a purpose or attitude. When you set intentions, you set goals, so to speak, in your mind, and those goals are achieved through your actions.
To clarify, setting intentions is not quite the same as setting goals. Goals are points in the future that you work to achieve. Intentions, while also about achieving goals, encompass other elements as well.
Here are some key points about intention:
- Intention is purposeful. When you have an intention, you have a goal you are working towards, but you also have a certain attitude about the process of getting there.
- Intention has meaning. It sustains the underlying significance of where you’re trying to go.
- Intention is aware and mindful.
- Intention is patient and flexible.
Last but not least, intention requires commitment. It demands a certain level of follow-through from the intention setter, holding us accountable on a new level. Intention demands that we direct our attention to where we are now, where we are trying to go, and how we are going to get there. This attention is held throughout the process, which is important for staying aware of what changes you may need to make along your journey. Because, on your quest towards wholeness, obstacles will undoubtedly arise. You cannot control external events, only your reaction to them. Be flexible with your intentions, and adjust them accordingly, knowing that as you move along your path, you must be continuously re-designing your intentions.
So while goal setting is helpful, setting intentions is EMPOWERING! In our busy lives and often very materialistic and external worlds, having a deep intention(s) helps us remember why working towards our goals is important, and in this way, we can return to our intention again and again as a source of strength.
As you continue along your path to wholeness, I encourage you to be as intentional as you can, no matter how small the intent may seem. Taking the time to set an intention now will help sustain you through the journey you’re on. In my next post, I’ll go deeper into setting specific intentions regarding each of your chosen areas of wholeness.
Til then, here’s what I suggest doing:
Set a clearly defined intention about the whole process of achieving balance. As discussed in previous posts, this is really important! As your formulate your intention for wholeness, write it down. Perhaps share it on our community site. Refer to these intentions often, every day if you can, as you continue on this great and worthy journey towards your own unique balanced whole.
Feel free to comment below too, we’d love to hear from you and share the journey with you!
Meghan Goyer is involved with customer support and project development as part of the Clean team. She’s from Athens, GA where she received an M.A. in religion from the University of Georgia, where she also studied religion and painting as an undergrad. Her studies focused on ritual and how it can be used intentionally as a tool for healing in today’s world. Meghan’s passion for healing is also reflected in her yoga practice and teaching, work with interfaith dialogue, community building, non-violent communication, work-life balance, emotional intelligence, creativity, spirituality, mindfulness, and nutrition. She believes that health is a multifaceted big picture, and that in addition to promoting a cleaner world through living a clean lifestyle, love and fun are both super important parts of good health, and she encourages them widely.