Living with Intention

Heres what I discovered. Intention is different from setting goals or resolutions in that it pulls us into” who we truly are. Goals and resolutions push us out” into future possibilities. To set intentions, we must listen to our inner voice which tells us who we truly are.”               

                              – Katie Covey, Soul Matters Director of RE Resources

So here we are again, in the month of January, with its talk of daring resolutions and demanding calls to become better. It’s hard to resist. After all, who of us couldn’t benefit from a bit of self-improvement? And so most of us gladly go along and declare “This is the year I’m finally going to be a better me!”

But maybe our most meaningful work this month is to make room. All around us this month, there’s going to be tons of talk about creating goals and imagining who we might become. But living with intention seems to be more about creating a quiet space that allows us to connect with who we authentically are, a space that protects us from the pressure to accomplish and instead makes room to ask questions of integrity.

And if we are able to carve out that quieter space, then maybe we will discover that this isn’t the year of “finally becoming a better me.” Maybe we’ll decide it’s enough to simply “finally be me.”

See writings, spiritual exercises, questions for reflection, and links to more resources on this month’s theme here.