One of the topics I explore here at Bloom is intention, and I wanted to take a moment to define, embrace, and celebrate its significance in my daily life.
First of all, what is intention?
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, it is defined as “a determination to act in a certain way”. Note that it is not the act itself that grounds this definition but the determination to carry it out that does. In my experience, one’s intention is the foundation for any act in life. The presence of an intention means that there is an awareness of one’s actions and its consequences. There is a purpose to every movement. There is a resolve for every reason.
determination+awareness+a sense of purpose+mindfulness+resolve
Intention is exponential. It reaps dividends.
Back in 2006, I moved to Nashville, TN with the intention to be a more active performing musician. Mostly, I did not know what I was doing, but I let my intention inform my actions. First off, I started out playing open mics in the city. Then, I booked shows at small venues and even recorded a full-length album. By now, I have performed at several great venues and even some festivals. My intention to perform more informed all of my decisions. It made my path clear and focused.
It has always been worthwhile for me to know what my intention is in every scenario. All else falls into place once this determination is made.
Of course, the intention is not the end of any road. There is still follow-through and maintaining motivation to cultivate. I have found that setting an intention is a way to energetically say to yourself, others, and the universe for that matter where your true desires lie. This does not guarantee an easy road ahead, but it is a fundamentally important and empowering start.