An Invitation to Living With Intention
In my work of over two decades as a psychologist in New York, there has been one thing that everyone I met has in common. This common thread is the heartfelt desire to shape our lives in meaningful ways. We want to feel that our life has purpose. And we want to be part of creating that purpose.
Yet our hyper-productive, bottom-line, technology-based culture runs counter to this longing for meaningful engagement. Our culture perpetuates a sense of urgency that is often unnecessary and diminishes the vibrancy of life.
Every one of us can develop the skills to develop greater authenticity. We need to know we can do this and and then take our efforts seriously. This deeply personal change – molded through intentional practices – is the first step toward the more pervasive change that is needed in the world.
This website is designed to encourage a commitment to this transformative lifestyle. Feel free to follow the blog posts that explore intentional practices in five foundational areas. The blog posts will offer concrete practices to try out. Utilize what is helpful and disregard that which doesn't resonate. Develop your own intentional practices and make them part of your daily life. Find others with whom to practice.
The key to living intentionally is to orient from within, from your interior. An intentional life is a commitment to training and concentrating attention in ways that enrich both your life and the lives of others. You can train your attention only by first becoming a careful observer of where and how you habitually place your attention now. Where you place attention – your energy and efforts naturally follow.
Intention is not an idea, it is an ongoing practice. Maybe it's more helpful to think of this lifestyle as made up of a number of smaller practices which you employ in key areas of your day-to-day life. These foundational areas are: Awareness, Reflection, Choosing, Acting, and Allowing.
Living an intentional life requires ongoing commitment. It is a comprehensive foundation for living. As you experience the benefits of this lifestyle it is effort that becomes inherently rewarding.
Change does not always happen in the way you would like. Yet if you stay open you can see change in ways you couldn’t have imagined. With time, as these practices infuse more aspects of life, you will be transformed. It is inevitable.
It is never too early to learn to be intentional. And it is never too late to begin.
Whether these practices are familiar to you or you are discovering them for the first time, using them - again and again - is key to living in alignment with yourself, tapping into your potential, and allowing the external world to respond in kind.
As you become increasingly skilled at directing your life, take pleasure in your ability to bring intentionality to all you do. Enjoy trusting your informed intuition to continue to guide you. Savor the abundance that comes from living in this way–and generously share it with others.