I’m no great one for “affirmations” but I certainly support the view that clarity around our intentions and motivations can help us to head in the “right” direction!
On a recent mindfulness weekend, our meditation teacher was explaining to us how intention (what we want to do) is like pointing an arrow (setting the direction) and how motivation (our “why”) is like the energy of the bow (the energy that keeps the arrow heading in the right direction). He suggested that in our meditation practice we should begin every session by reminding ourselves of both our intention and also our motivation for developing mindfulness (which may be different every time we sit on the meditation cushion!)
Of course, there is no reason why we should limit this approach to a meditation practice. In fact, I can see real value in reminding ourselves of our intentions and motivations within the context of our journey towards optimal health. You could think of this practice as a gentle nudge in the right direction 🙂
So today, I asked myself about my intentions and the motivations behind those intentions. And I asked myself on a “just for today” basis (on a “forever” basis for some of us can be a little overwhelming!)
When considering my intention for today, I came up with the words you see on the image above : “I love myself enough today, not to eat and drink my feelings away.”
When considering my motivation for this, the answer I got was “This is important to me because I want to be fully present to life and to my inner experiences. I want to learn from my feelings.I want to be fully ALIVE!”
If my intention resonates with you at any level, I hope my words offer both comfort (in knowing that you are not alone) and a gentle nudge in the right direction.
And as you consider today’s journey, what might your personal intention and motivation be? (Oooh – and do feel free to share what you come up with : you just never know how inspiring your words might be for someone else!)
Heading in the right direction,
© Jane Talbot 2013