Sometimes it seems that things just keep happening to us, that we don’t have any control of our circumstance. The truth is that we always have a choice. It is only when we lose sight of who we are and what we really want to achieve that we end up feeling helpless. Each decision that we make, each action that we take, is created from an intention.
When we lose awareness of our choices, it becomes easy to automatically respond the way that we always have, out of habit. By bringing attention to our conditioned impulse to act, or not to act, we can become more conscious of our behaviour. With this new awareness, we can open our eyes to see how our actions or inactions have impacted our current state. In every situation, you choose how to respond and even not responding is in itself an action with consequences. A greater understanding of your intentions opens the door to reveal choices that you were unable to see before.
Our life is an accumulation of the actions we have taken. Whether we are aware of it or not, our intentions determine our actions. If we don’t like the way our life is headed, we need to be more conscious of our intentions. The very act of bringing attention to our intentions can bring us to a deeper understanding of who we are and why we do the things we do. When we develop the habit of noticing our intentions, it becomes much easier to make decisions that resonate with the life that we want. We can choose to act in a way that is aligned with who we are and what we want to achieve.
Everything that happens, every action, first starts with an intention. You are reading this article right now because of your intention. If you want to bring anything into creation you must direct your intention on it. A deeper sense of awareness allows your intentions to act in alignment with who you are and what you value.
When we are not aware of our intentions we can act unconsciously and out of habit. Rather than acting in our best interest we do things the way we are used to doing things. We don’t even do the best of the easiest thing. Instead, we just do it in auto-pilot because we are unaware of our intention.
Sometimes, we just do the things we do because it’s the only way we know how. We have never even examined why we do them that way. Here’s a little story to highlight how common it is. A little girl was watching her mom prepare an Easter ham. She asks her mom why she cuts off both ends of the ham before putting it in the pot. Her mom replied “I don’t know, that’s the way my mother prepared the Easter ham.” They called the grandmother and asked the question about cutting off the ends of the Easter ham. Grandmother admits to not knowing either and that she just prepared the ham the way her mom did it. Their next call is to the great-grandmother. When they ask her about her method of preparing the Easter ham, she laughs. Then she says, “It was the only way I could get the Easter ham to fit in the small pot I had.”
Bringing awareness into what we do and why we do it allows us to have us to have a more powerful impact on the way our life unfolds.
“You are what your deepest desire is. As your desire is, so is your intention. As your intention is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.” – Upanishads