“Setting intention, at least according to Buddhist teachings, is quite different than goal making. It is not oriented toward a future outcome. Instead, it is a path or practice that is focused on how you are “being” in the present moment. Your attention is on the ever-present “now” in the constantly changing flow of life. You set your intentions based on understanding what matters most to you and make a commitment to align your worldly actions with your inner values.” (source)
Intentions, to me, are the ideal plan. I love the graphic above because it sums up perfectly how I view setting intentions. They are the IDEAL, but you don’t have to beat yourself up for falling short. Perfection is impossible, so why even try to reach it? Embrace the messiness and “shoot for the stars”, right?! It’s a cliche because it’s true.
So, ever since reading Danielle LaPorte’s The Desire Map, I’ve been allllll about some intention setting. Not GOAL setting, but intention setting. I read the entire book on New Year’s Eve because I was home alone in Houston with the flu and wanted to do something productive instead of wallowing while my family was celebrating it up in New Orleans.
“What if, first, we got clear on how we actually wanted to feel in our life, and then we laid out our intentions? What if your most desired feelings consciously informed how you plan your day, your year, your career, your holidays — your life?” – from The Desire Map website
Intentions are about FEELING the way you want to FEEL. Not setting rigid goals and beating yourself up when you fail. It’s about saying yes to what matters and turning down that doesn’t set your soul on fire.
On New Year’s Eve, I set these intentions for 2015:
New tattoo. Yup! I got a crescent moon tattoo on the inside of my right ankle on April 10th. I’m going to write a post behind it’s meaning one day!
2. Practice yoga regularly. I don’t want to strike this one through, because although I did stretch on my yoga mat every night before bed, I didn’t extend my practice or push myself. I didn’t have motivation to do videos at home and I couldn’t afford a studio membership while paying for Pure Barre. I plan to buy a membership at my yoga studio in Pensacola!
3. Practice meditation regularly. I went about 40 days with this one, but I never fully committed and now I’ve fallen off the practice completely. I am going to keep working on this and am planning on attending a workshop at my yoga studio in Pensacola.
Start blog and write regularly. Oh, hey… :)
Find a home and job in Pensacola. WHAT UP! Two huge tasks that were recently accomplished. Now to finish packing up this damn condo….
6. Ask more meaningful questions in my relationships and truly listen. I don’t want to strike this one through, because although I’ve been making a conscious effort to practice it, I’ll never stop trying.
I’ve decided that since I’m moving in just a couple days and starting a new season of my life, it would be beneficial and fun to set some intentions for the summer! I have some free time before school starts on August 17th (I’m a middle school English teacher!) and I want to make this summer as meaningful as possible and do things that truly honor my desires and serve other people!
Summer 2015 Intentions
1. Practice yoga regularly. I hope to accomplish this one by buying a yoga membership!
- Practice yoga on a paddle board. Because I’m living in a beach town and I’ve always wanted to try this.
2. Practice meditation regularly. I’m going to attend a workshop/do some reading and commit.
3. Ask more meaningful questions in my relationships and truly listen. Extending this one forever and always.
4. Volunteer. Not sure where yet, but there’s an organization in Pensacola that pairs you with an adult who is learning to read and you meet with him/her twice a week to aid in this effort. I talked with the woman who runs it and I may look into more when I get there. I also plan to do some tutoring and babysitting (which pays, but I’m doing to include it here).
5. Train for Pensacola Half Marathon [on November 8] I’ve been wanting to do a half for a while. I know I should probably start with a 10k, but with so much time to train, I shooting for the half. I have buddies in Pensacola who are running it as well, so they will hold me accountable (along with y’all?!), I hope!
6. Make it out to the beach at least once a week. Being so close to the beach, it seems crazy not to get out at least once a week! This one definitely contributes to my well-being.
7. Read a book a week [fiction or non] This one is for my own pleasure but also to educate me–I have a lot of teaching books that I want to finish this summer. Professional development, yo!
8. Cook a new-to-me dish at least once a week. I want to expand my cooking skillz! Nuff said.
Linking up to Amanda for Thinking Out Loud!
What are your summer intentions or goals?
Thoughts on goals vs. intentions? Do you prefer one over the other? I personally like intentions because goals put too much pressure on me and usually set me up to fail!