What is it to live an intentional life? For me it means being mindful, purposeful, direct and clear about asking the Universe for what I want to manifest in my life. At a recent yoga class the instructor invited us to set an intention for the next 48 hours to focus on body/mind balance. What a great intention! An intention can be set on a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly basis. I have to admit I don’t set intentions every day. When I do set a daily intention, my day seems to unfold in a good, orderly direction. In her best selling book The Woman’s Retreat Book, Jennifer Louden shares her thoughts on intentions. She suggests stating the intention as a question rather than a statement. ” A loving, questioning intention gives your inner knowing something precious to gaze on, the illuminated essence of your retreat. Your intention is a still point of purpose to refer back to when you feel lost, unmoored from your ordinary life, or anxious or selfish or guilty. It helps you to concentrate your time in a way that has heart and meaning. The word intention comes from the Latin root intendere, meaning to stretch toward something.
I was honored to lead a women’s retreat recently at Carondelet Center in St Paul. The women who attended the retreat were living intentionally by retreating from their everyday lives and carving out time for themselves to reflect, meditate and spend time in silence. Taking time to retreat helps one to gain perspective, new insights, information, and the ability to discern what is really important in one’s life.
What about you? How can you live more intentionally? What do you want to manifest in your life? Where do you need more clarity in your life? How can you practice mindfulness on a daily basis?