Intention Requires Attention
Intention is part of mindfulness practice and involves keeping one's awareness more in the present moment. There are times when it is helpful to direct our awareness to the past and future also. To reflect and reminisce about the past can bring understanding and happiness. To plan and prepare for the future can help us accomplish goals and solve problems. Beyond that, our thoughts can easily fall into patterns of fixation, rumination or obsession.
Intention reconnects us with purpose and authenticity. Yes it can help us get better results out of the most meaningful areas of our life but the real blessing is being able to live our values even when others don't. And that is true self-empowerment.
(Music by E. Fink, courtesy of Crooked Creek Records)