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Setting Spiritual Intentions

I tell people that I don’t make New Years resolutions. I tell myself that, too, but the truth is that every year I surreptitiously make a few. Being secretive about them is a way to give myself an out but lately I’ve been pretty good at keeping them.

The value of an action is found more in its intention than in the action itself, so when I make a resolution I try to be clear about the intention behind it before I commit to it. Focusing on my intention helps me to see how my resolution fits into the bigger picture of my life and its relationship to my sense of what I was put on this earth to do.

A resolution is a vow to reach an objective. An intention is the state of having a purpose in mind. So an objective has to serve an underlying purpose in order to be worthy of the vow to accomplish it. And in my case, I want the underlying purpose of my objectives to be spiritual rather than material. Continue reading