But I have been focusing more on the word intention this year.
In meditation setting an intention is about aligning your thoughts and attitude for the day. It is about deciding how you want to show up in the world. I love that description! It’s not a SMART goal. In fact, it can be hard to measure. But it can impact our lives all the same.
Right about now I know some of you (I bet I could even name you) are saying, “uh oh, Heather is about to get touchy-feely.” I promise I’m not suggesting you have to meditate (although I know from personal experience that if you did you would find a calm and a focus that is hard to get without it).
I am simply suggesting that dedicating some time each week or each day to setting our intention, how we want to show up in the world, is time worth spending.
There are many ways to use the term intention. In the Catholic Church, a mass or prayer may have an intention. Often we say “that wasn’t my intention” when we have offended someone.
I am most fascinated though by the medical definition of intention. The term is used to describe the process by which wounds heal. Primary intention involves an incision which is stitched. The healing is faster and leaves less scar tissue.
Secondary intention is what happens when the wound must heal from the inside out. It takes longer. It leaves more scarring.
But it heals.
Our physical bodies have the ability to recover from injury. So do our minds.
If we have intention.
This week take the time to stop and listen to what your mind is trying to tell you.
How do you want to show up in the world?
Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Play with abandon.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
Mary Anne Radmacher