Focused Intention

Having an intention is enough to accomplish a result. When properly focused – which means easily and without strain – awareness has the ability to carry out quite specific commands.

An intention doesn’t have to be a verbally expressed thought; in fact, our deepest intentions are body-centered. Our most fundamental needs – for love, understanding, encouragement, support – permeate every cell.

The desires that arise in your mind are often clouded by ego motives, which are not true needs; people get caught up in the pursuit of money, career goals, and political ambitions in ways that are disconnected from the fundamental need for comfort and well-being that every healthy organism must fulfill.

Many of us are so alienated from our basic needs, so programmed to run after what the ego wants, that we have to relearn the basic mechanics of how attention and intention actually work.

There are many ways to get fulfillment besides the outward-oriented ones our culture teaches us. The most valuable lesson in this regard is that intentions automatically seek their fulfillment through joy, beauty, love, and appreciation.

This is hard to realize when the mind sets up its own separate agenda for fulfilling other kinds of desires, ones that are loveless, without joy or satisfaction. Yet millions of people have programmed themselves to reach only such goals.

Adapted from Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, by Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers Press, 1998).

55 comments

Olivia S.
Past Member 3 years ago

Thank you. An intention is a thought, which is energy. Energy manifests so as they say "be careful what you wish for". At one time I was a member of a Care2 group in which we set intentions to change the world for the better. We picked intentions that we would know the results of in a specific time frame (not like a grandiose intention for world peace). While I was in the group, all of our intentions were manifested.

Roger M.
Past Member 3 years ago

Thanks.

Anne S.
Anne S.3 years ago

May your intentions be based on love

Anne Moran
Anne Moran3 years ago

YES, BUT WISDOM COMES WITH AGE... THE OLDER YOU GET, THE MORE YOU APPRECIATE THE SIMPLE THINGS IN LIFE... THE NEED FOR MATERIAL WEALTH IS OBSCURED BY THE NEED TO BE, AND STAY HEALTHY, AND ALSO, A DEEP AWARENESS OF SELF IS DISCOVERED...

Dot A.
Dot A.3 years ago

The old expression; "You can't take it with you," rings a bell here,... As, all of the desires that arise from the ego, such as mentioned, -the pursuit of money, -career goals, -and political ambitions, seem absolutely irrelevant beyond this world we deem as the 'reality' in the form we function in as earthbound beings. Yet, even so, our inner awareness resounds with the joys that are not bound by material success. The quickest example that springs to mind is our joy of being with someone we love to be with!, and that can be a beloved pet for some, or a cherished family member, or offering our best in so many creative endeavors, which are generous and beneficial to this world, -acts of love, too. Our real rewards are 'priceless' and cannot be contained in a vault nor stolen by thieves~ Our real joy is born to us daily, -each time we believe in the gifts of life and the love we share -towards all of this wonderful experience. That is what is growing happily within us.

Our intentions are wonderful! -believe in what guides the heart! And trust in the surprises and the unforeseeable ~

Yvette T.
Past Member 3 years ago

I hear that every minute of our occupying the human body with all of the accompanying potentials to obtain enlightenment is worth a million dollars. We are to seek that within which is truly of value rather than pining for material "wealth". We can purify our minds, bodies, and ready the spirit for experiences on inner levels by first adopting the vegetarian diet and harmless path of living. This clears the way to walking the path of the soul.

Ken W.
Ken W.3 years ago

This is very good.

Chris C.
Chris C.3 years ago

I highly recommend getting the book "The Secret". I have it on my coffeetable. I've "loaned" it out a few times and always had to buy a new copy. It's very affordable at any book store.

C. Wright
C Wright3 years ago

Infinite and Eternal Divine Blessings to Deepak and ALL!

Becky Y.
Rebecca Y.3 years ago

For some strange reason, this article made me laugh and think of my first husband who was filled with good "intentions" but never did a damn thing!