(Compassion Series) Intention

“You are what your deepest desire is. 
As your desire is, so is your intention. 
As your intention is, so is your will. 
As your will is, so is your deed. 
As your deed is, so is your destiny.”
 ~ Upanishads

On the first of every month, the C8 team meets to participate in a series of personal development activities and discussions. Now, you too can participate!  One the first Wednesday we will provide a summary of the lessons learned from the previous evening’s meeting.

In this month’s compassion series we looked at Intention

What do we mean by intention?

  1. an aim or purpose
  2. a determination to perform in a particular manner  or a particular act

 As the ancient Indian sages observed thousands of years ago, the deepest level of our intention and desire shapes our destiny. Once we plant the seed of an intention in the fertile ground of pure potentiality, our soul’s journey unfolds automatically, as naturally as a bulb becomes a tulip or an embryo becomes a child. ~ Chopra Centre

What is your purest intention?

Everything that we do is created because we intended to do it.

So where you are in life is because it is where you intended be…whether unconsciously or consciously.

In identifying your intention you are able  to use it as your personal vision statement. Let it be like your code of armour, let your intention guide you through your choices (much like an acorn’s tough and leathery exterior helps protect its seed…)

An Acorn Tree


• When a challenging situation arises, rely on your intention…let it guide you

• Remember your intention should always be positive and invoked in a positive manner.  i.e. “My purest intention is to be compassionate” rather than “My purest intention is not to get angry”.  Avoid reference to negative prefixes like “Not & cannot”.

• False intentions such as wishing someone else to fail only mask your purest intention.


Nurture your intentions every day. Everyday life surrounds us in a swirling chaos, and it’s easy to fall into the grip of our ego’s fears, demands, and confusion. You need to remind yourself – daily – of your intentions and purpose. Some people find it helpful to write down their intentions and review them each day; for others, periods of regular meditation and prayer are invaluable. Find your center and don’t let go of your intention until it feels centered inside yourself. ~Deepak Chopra


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