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Focused Intention

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-orientated ones our culture teaches us.

Every cell in your body is seeking 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.

Awareness is a field, and by sending an intention into that field, you shift the flow of biological information. This registers in the conscious mind as a faint sensation, intuition, or just a silent knowing. The response varies from person to person, but with practice one’s sensitivity to one’s own awareness becomes stronger.

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

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Deepak Chopra

Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.


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7:15PM PDT on Jun 25, 2013

Love reading Deepak. Thanks for sharing.

4:58PM PDT on Jun 16, 2011

great post thanks :)

11:43PM PDT on Jun 12, 2011

Thank you - my intention is strong because my goal is clear. Or, if I quote Deepak, I've reached the place where I experience "a silent knowing" that feels very comfortable.....

11:22PM PDT on Jun 12, 2011

Thanks for the interesting article

5:02PM PDT on Jun 12, 2011

Simplification, through intention. Looking into what is really important and necessary. Like love, friendship, honesty, happiness and trustworthiness in yourself and looking and expecting in others around you.

1:24PM PDT on Jun 12, 2011

so true

2:01AM PDT on Jun 12, 2011

Interesting, thanks

11:07PM PDT on Jun 11, 2011

Depok Chopra's vignettes ring true. This one is so poignant.

7:52PM PDT on Jun 11, 2011


2:34PM PDT on Jun 11, 2011

wow---this is something I have experienced....thanks

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