Intentions are a double edged sword. They need to be examined very closely.
Is this a want that is filled with craving?
Or is this a soul need that calls for expression? Does it come from the very presence of love within you?
Does this intention (desire) arise from fear? If so, it will be tainted with self interest and cause grief and pain.
The motive behind each intention must be examined if we are to live harmoniously in wisdom and love.
Does this intention arise from the desire to relieve suffering? Suffering for all beings? Or just our own?
The ego’s wants and intentions are often accompanied by hot energy that comes with a driving force of hurry pushing at us. This energy cons us into thinking the ends justify the means.
This must be done (whatever it is), and the sooner the better!
I think we are all familiar with those feelings.
These intentions lead to more aggressiveness and harm on the planet.
It would be wise to notice when we are motivated in this way so that we can stop nourishing unwholesome thought systems and actions!
There is that old fable about a boy who goes to his grandfather for advice. The boy is troubled by the conflicting voices he hears within him. One voice is kind and peaceable, the other is a like a ravenous wolf that wants to devour everything. The boy asks his grandfather which voice will win, the kind one or the angry one.
The wise grandfather answers, “Whichever one you feed.”
Our thoughts and feelings feed the beliefs in our mind. And we have many! And they often contradict each other.
Which will we feed?
By examining our beliefs as they come up we will find that each one has its story. And each belief presses us to take action.
Every moment we are either feeding the voice of greed, hatred and delusion, or the voice that trusts the benelovence of universal energy. In this case we can stop and directly experience this moment.
Nothing happens next! Everything we need is right here in this moment. This is a universe that totally reciprocates. Whatever we give and nourish (like the garden of our mind) comes back to us, faithfully, just as we have given.
Each moment is to be lived directly, without worrying about what happens next. In each moment we are shown what to do, and what to just sit with, and digest.
This is called living in the flow.
When we are into what happens next we are out of the flow.
This doesn’t mean that we don’t make plans. It’s rather a paradox. WE live now and allow ourselves to be receptive to what actions we take.
This is not easy to understand. But the planning & strategizing doesn’t take over the mind.
Having a black belt in the above areas, I do my best to continually bring myself back to this moment. What is appropriate right now?
This moment well lived will bring forth a good future!
As I deeply listen to my inner dialogue I question each thought.
Will this relieve suffering?
Or will this thought lead to more suffering?
Thoughts become intentions. They must be investigated. Best to do this before we take action, rather than after.
As my meditation teacher says, “Your mind is not your own, but you are responsible for it.”
Don’t let your mind wander those dark streets alone. Your attention must follow along. Pay attention. It is the light! Feel this breath. Feel it as you inhale, and feel it as you exhale.
This moment has everything you need right now.
It is enough.
We all live in the flow of universal energy, and we don’t own it, but we do direct our thoughts and our beliefs. This energy is ours to invest.
This is our power. Don’t give your power away – away to people, to books, to your body, to anything physical.
Each time you compare yourself to another, you are giving your power away.
What is your intention? To surrender to that which is greater than your own personal will? Or to believe you are a self, separate and thus alone?
Which thought will cause more suffering?
Which will relieve suffering?
It is within us to choose. This is our God given power.
I set my compass to the channel: “Do no harm.”
I do my best to nourish the thoughts and take the actions that relieve suffering.
I try to remember to shift gears when I find myself dissatisfied, fearful and upset. It’s a moment by moment process, and no one can do it for me.
I use equanimity statement such as these:
May my heart be at ease with the outer and the inner changing conditions of life.
May I know that gain and loss arise and pass away, and that life is change. This is passing away. So I let it go.
May life reveal to me what I need to know so that my intentions are wholesome.
Then I nurture the sense of gratitude that comes as I integrate these statements. I let the warmth of this loving, benevolent feeling flow through me.
It’s yours as well as mine.
Peace and joy are for all of us!