‘What would it feel like to set an intention that wasn’t about accomplishing something?’
That’s a mouthful, it’s more than a question, but it was a thought posted last week by Susana Harwood Rubin that has kept me thinking about intention, and then, I suppose, goals. The yoga teacher and author wrote the post after reviewing her post-it note reminders of things she needed to accomplish in a day.
We are all, often, slave to the lists on the fridge or reminders programmed into our mobile devices. More often than not, our intentions are goal based; we need to get something done, so we set the goal or make plans to do such.
Perhaps, then, it is not an intention. Perhaps it is more.
Harwood Rubin, wrote that it was “creating aspirational lists of what an ideal me COULD POSSIBLY do.”
So Instead of creating lists or to-do reminders and disguising them as intentions, Harwood proposed setting intentions based on kindness or gentleness instead of results.
The intention may not sound as concrete, or as definite, as those that are result-oriented, but they sound true and authentic. A kindness-based intention sounds like something worthy of thinking on.
I’ve been thinking about it for almost a week, and will continue the thought process for the next few weeks. May was a tough month where my intentions got mixed up and my goals came down to deadlines.
I could use a month of gentleness.
Thus my intention for the month (at least) is rather simple:
I hope it works out. It is my intention.
I wish the same for you.
It’s finally June.