Our whole life has one purpose, to be present and awake for what’s happening now. You can trip yourself up with plans and decisions, when actually what is needed is to learn to be present. Rather than deciding on a course of action, you set an intention and simply learn to be present in full as that intention manifests. This brings up an interesting question.
What is the difference between a decision and an intention?
Intention has an open-ended quality; it’s a general direction or theme we aim for. There is room to accommodate fluctuations and new information as your life unfolds. It is flexible.
Decisions are fixed. Decisions proclaim: Right (fist pounding on table) That’s it! It’s decided. You make a demand on your experience to produce a certain result. You set a goal and commit to the long haul, whether or not your environment supports it as you move forward. When there are clear signs that it’s the wrong road, some of us even feel better about forging ahead, as if extra suffering somehow makes our progress more worthy. We think we are being good and disciplined as we struggle through the muck.
Pain is part of life, but suffering is optional.
You can’t really decide not to struggle, but you can set an intention not to do so. Decisions are conceptual; intentions come from the heart.
You don’t need to be perfect to have integrity in your life. All you need to do is to keep showing up for yourself in the present moment. Stay in touch with your experience as it arises and let it guide you to a place of kindness, openness and authenticity.
During the retreat last week, we all set an intention to guide us as we make our next moves. Over the next week the stars line up to support our authentic unfolding. I invite you to set an intention that supports your development in a way that feels good and genuine. Have you been trying to fit into someone else’s version of who you should be? Does that feel authentic? Who do you want to be?
Do you have the courage to step out of the mould and listen to your inner wisdom? If ever there was a chance to do it, now is the time! In fact, now is the only time!