Today I am sharing with you the importance of intention in mindfulness practice and let’s be clear an intention is not a goal! An intention can be found and re-found in the moment and connects us with our chosen pathway rather than a result.
Intention is the reason you practice and it helps to know your why because it can often be the gateway to profound insight. Let’s get started with some clarity about your intention to practice mindfulness.
Setting an intention for your mindfulness practice acknowledges your willingness to work with what is present in a more persistent, whole and resourceful way, allowing you to gradually transform what you are working with.
In the case of pain, illness or stress it is inviting ourself to be non-judgemental and to deepen our understanding free from the labels and narratives we already have about it. In a sense we are turning toward our difficulty, bringing curiosity and new energy to it, rather than avoiding it or fighting it.
Setting intention to practice and embodying the mindfulness attitudes is what helps you stay on the mindful pathway and make your practice purposeful. It is your special time to tune into you and give yourself the nourishing attention you deserve.
In the moment you begin to practice formally you may like to acknowledge your intention to sit, this is a ritualistic art of listening to your body and mind to deepen your self-awareness.
“Meditation is the only intentional, systematic human activity which at bottom is about not trying to improve yourself or get anywhere else, but simply to realise where you already are.”
~ Jon Kabat-Zinn. Whereever you go, there you are.by