Most of us get so caught up in our conditioned states of mind that sometimes we get out of tune with what we are really here for. We all possess a higher purpose, yet many of us go through life lacking an intentional approach in tapping into it. Intention is what leads us to take action and serves as an internal guiding system to bring our purpose to life. 

Intentions are powerful agreements that you make with yourself and then express through your actions, whether it’s in your relationships, at work or in your personal life. Since they can be both positive and negative in nature, they influence everything we do. Positive intentions fuel positive purpose and foster focus, motivation and determination that enable you to find your true potentiality. 

Intention is one of the most powerful forces there is. What you mean when you do a thing will always determine the outcome.”

Brenna Yovanoff

Attention and intention 

Genuine intentions arise from your innate essential nature. According to law of intentionality, we experience the field of subjectivity as our own thoughts, feelings, desires, memories, instincts and beliefs. This same is experienced objectively as the physical body or the world we live in. Two things thus are inherent to our conscious self—attention and intention. Attention energises and intention lays the ground for transformation.

Whatever you put your attention to grows stronger and intention on the other hand, transforms our desires into something real. When we focus our attention on our desired outcomes or those things that we intend to accomplish, we are in a way creating space and time to bring about those things to manifest.

Manifesting the power of your intentions 

We all strive hard towards turning our goals into reality. But when intention is applied, you realise your potential in bringing them to fruition. In other words, we manifest what we intend to. Intention when in the field of pure potentiality, it turns your desires to reality. On the other, when power of intention is not applied, your dreams might just remain as mere wishes.

Intention though always is for a future goal or an objective, it is important to remember that they can be manifested only in our present moment awareness. To put it differently, as long as your attention is in the present, then your intentions for the future will manifest. 

Accepting your present moment as it is and having a positive intentions for future is what manifests your dreams into reality. Since the past is always a recollection of our memory, the future is anticipatory, our  attention in the present moment, which is pure awareness is what manifests your intentions  into reality.

Your intention is not something your ego must accomplish..

Intention is a force that we all have within us. However, ego becomes a major obstacle in manifestation of our intentions. The misidentification with egoistic or created self leads to feelings of self-importance.

Self-importance creates a sense of need or lack leaving you wanting things to full a void rather than arising from your authentic self. This results into over identifying yourself with your achievements, or outwardly appearances, and your possessions. Such identification with made up self impedes your connection to the power of your intentions. 

When egotistical self is at work, it convinces you that everything shouldn’t be the way it is, or that you aren’t good enough or leaves you offended by what someone said or did. It creates a kind of compulsiveness to accomplish, compete or compare. Such pursuits often leave you with a sense of separateness and lower your actual sense of worth.

When your self-concept of who and what you are dominates your life, you cannot maximise your potential to manifest your intentions. Since intentions come from your authentic self, connecting with your natural self requires you to let go of ego.

Letting go of your need to have more, or being superior, and letting go of identifying yourself with your achievements paves way to manifestation of your intentions. Such non-identification combined with discipline fosters your ability to focus on your present moment. This further facilitates harmonisation of your thoughts, intellect and your feelings with your intentions.

Our own attachment to things being certain way in order to bring our desires to fruition is what makes it difficult. If we cling to our intentions, very often we get fixated. Instead if you surrender them into the universal field of connectedness, you are in a way allowing it to manifest.

Cultivating awareness that your desires manifest from the field of consciousness and not from clinging to things be in a certain way is important. When you surrender and allow, you let things be as they are. This way, you are actually opening the doorway to connectedness of your true potential.

Free will & intentionality 

The fact is that we all have an unlimited amount of energy and free will to achieve what we want. We have the ability to train our minds to be mindful of the energy we want to create or dis-create in our lives. The moment you cultivate this awareness, you can recognise whether or not you are slipping into old patterns of your unhelpful beliefs or self-defeating habits. 

When things appear to be working against, you recognise that you are not in harmony with your helpful thoughts. However, you can always apply your free will to reconnect in a way that will bring you into alignment with your intentions. When you pay attention to your present moment, you can apply your free will to change your beliefs and cause things to manifest.

Intentions transform our energy and lay the foundation for the spontaneous expression of our desires. However, without action and putting in effort towards things you intend to, you become negatively attached to your intentions. At the same time, thinking negatively creates a stumbling block. Like for instance, if you doubt your abilities to create the life you want, then you are obstructing what you desire most in life. Similarly, if you focus more on what’s missing in your life, then that’s what expands.

Instead match your inner dialogue to what you want and intend to create. Assuming responsibility without any accompanied doubt and guilt, you will find yourself regaining the power of your intention. Make a shift when you find yourself focusing on what always has been, and frame your inner dialogue to align with your intentions. 

Choosing a higher purpose connects you to the power of your intention.

When you align your intentions with a greater purpose, it becomes easy to turn them into reality. A sense of purpose is what leads to self-actualisation. Purpose is just more than doing things for selfish reasons. Whatever it is that you choose to do, if you are motivated to be service to others while being detached from the outcome, you’ll feel purposeful. 

Setting intentions without a purpose on the other hand, you are going to drift without any direction through life. But when you align your intentions with a greater purpose, then you can apply your free will to turn them into reality. In fact, the very act of questioning what your purpose really is, it leads you to reconnect with your true intentions. Recognising that there is a meaning to your purpose, and that you have the capacity to live from a perspective of purpose is important to set positive intentions.


Practice knowing your inner self. Focusing on the demands of the ego leaves you feeling unfulfilled. When you focus on your inner beingness, you get in touch with what you really intend to be. Regardless of what anyone might say to you, be purposefully guided by your intentions. By aligning, you keep your thoughts, feelings and actions in harmony.

When you begin to pay attention to your intentions, you discover ideas, opinions and just about everything and you end up always judging things. Our judging is always either black and white or either this or that, good or bad. As a result, we get imprisoned by that. Cultivate non-judgmental awareness to put your intentions into the world of the manifestation. 

Detach from needing to have things work out a certain way. Accept things and trust that everything is as it should be. Have faith in your purpose by letting go of your expectations and judgment. This will allow space to create new opportunities in your present moment to ultimately achieve what you would want to. 

State your intention in a more positive and specific way in order to take every action with this intention in your mind. Your choice of intention is what will make it true for you. Therefore focus your attention on gratitude rather than from a place of lack or need.

Write down your intentions as affirmations to cancel our self-doubt and base them on your values rather than getting influenced by your negative self-talk. Intend to live with this awareness and do things from your beingness. 

To sum up, 

Setting intentions empower you to live your life with purpose instead of reacting impulsively to what is happening around you. Because an authentic intention cannot be forced, you cannot possibly set intentions that you don’t believe in. They also increase your motivation and save some of your misdirected energies, time and efforts. When your intentions come from your authentic self and are aligned with clarity and purpose, they help you realise your true potential.

Many of us are often confused with the concept of consciousness. Sometimes we use it as a mere mental activity and sometimes we think it means merely being awake. In our day-to-day activities, we attend to so many chores, big or small. ][But most of these are done mechanically and unconsciously. Even when it comes to some of our simple habits, we are in a hurry to get to the next one or feel that it is a waste of time to give undue importance to small things which we do out of habit.

If we can grow conscious to what we do, we can make a big difference to our lives and enhance the quality of our lives. And we grow our conscious awareness through the practice of mindfulness. Through mindfulness, we get in touch with our individual awareness of our unique thoughts, memories, and feelings.

Since our conscious experiences are constantly shifting and changing, for instance, one moment you may be focused on reading this, the next moment, your consciousness may shift to a memory of conversation you had earlier with someone. This ever shifting stream of thoughts can change from one moment to another. Altered levels of consciousness may cause states of constant stress, anxiety and lack of focus.

Bringing your attention consciously to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment, you can develop complete awareness of your thoughts and emotions. Being aware of your mind, body and feelings creates a feeling of wholeness rather than being overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.

“Peace of mind arrives the moment you make peace with the content of your mind .”

Rasheed Ogunlaru

Mindfulness changes your state of awareness

At the most basic level, mindfulness is simply being aware of what’s happening as it is happening. When you become aware of the workings of your mind, in the moment, you deliberately direct your awareness back into the now and focus your attitude there.

It alters your state of distractedness, inattention, and confusion to being more aware, present, focused and attentive. This helps you to react less to emotional or situational impulses or when things don’t turn out as you expected.

Instead of automatically falling into the stream of past or future that ignites unhelpful emotions, one can draw their attention to their present moment. The more you are mindful, the more is your ability to improve your patterns of thinking. Purposefully concentrating on what’s happening, reduces negative mindset or the tendency to label things as ‘good’ or ‘bad’. You reflect more on the mind to make conscious choices in a state of altered awareness.

Cultivating mindfulness habit into your everyday life

“The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness.

” —Jon Kabat-Zinn

If you are interested in the development and evolution of your own consciousness, the most important thing is to cultivate awareness of your conscious self. By cultivating a habit of mindfulness in our daily activities, you can avoid knee-jerk reactions to your immediate responses and can respond more constructively, and without judgment.

Mindfulness isn’t necessarily limited to certain breathing practices or to focus your attention on certain objects. Neither it isn’t just about knowing that you are hearing, seeing or observing. It’s about doing so in a way that creates space for insight and has more to do with becoming self aware of your thoughts and emotions in the moment, and to take responsibility for your sense of self. By cultivating an objective sense of self you can avoid getting lost in the subjective drama of your ever-changing inner conscious experiences.

Making Mindfulness a way of life

Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience.

Jon Kabat-Zinn

In everyday life we rarely pay full attention to anything. Since our conscious awareness is like a stream, it is constantly changing. The way your thoughts drift from one topic to another can feel effortless even when thoughts you are having are different. And we feel resistance inside of us when we try to be at peace with ourselves. The more we try, the more we become aware of our buzzing thoughts, or emotions. And resistance is born out of our very effort to be peaceful.

Mindfulness on the other is based on the very foundation that we are innately whole, that our emotions and thoughts are messengers, and that awareness is the key. But the most fundamental thing underlying it is that of your ability to accept and respond to your every experience, as opposed to engaging in a reactive or dismissive attitude.

Being open to your experiences in the moment enables you to step back and get a proper perspective on the situation you are in. As a result, you not only stay connected to your experience, but also identify yourself as something more than your experience. This enables you to accept the feel yourself as the spacious openness of conscious awareness.

However, a peaceful mind does not mean a mind devoid of thoughts, sensations and emotions. When we begin to be mindful, we think we must suppress all thoughts and feelings. Concentrating on breath or an object should not done for suppression of whatever is arising in your conscious awareness. Because suppression only leads to avoidance or denial. Instead when you accept, observe and follow what arises in the light of awareness, it leads to enlightenment of your true self.

Mindfulness & State of well-being

Training your mind to be in the present moment is the number one key to making healthier choices.

Susan Albers

Everyday distractions can keep you from experiencing the joy of simply being— a state of body and mind in which you feel whole, grounded and deeply connected to yourself.

State of well-being can be achieved by a regular practice of meditation. And this can be done in different ways. Insight meditation is where you observe thoughts and emotions or sensations that arise in your awareness without judgment or expectation. This increases your focus and helps you maintain your physical as well as mental well-being.

Then there is zen meditation which says you must have a very quiet mind. It involves disciplining oneself, being aware of every moment or developing present moment awareness. Yoga is a form of meditation where you join together the mind, the body and the higher self. But no matter what system you follow, or you go from one to another, freedom is essential as it is the intrinsic nature of the mind. Once you see the truth with your own light of awareness, you will be able to go beyond perception and be available to your moment.

Mindfulness helps in shifting your perspective

Our thoughts are invisible, yet they have power to influence how we perceive the work around us. We experience negative and positive thoughts. They either make you feel you are capable of great things, or they might make you feel you aren’t good enough or helpless at times. Whether it’s thinking that you are capable or that you are helpless, thoughts get their power from our body’s reaction to them. So, when you bring your thoughts into your conscious awareness, you develop an ability to change them or shift your perspective, so your body responds accordingly. It can change your perspective to more positive and more connected to the world around you.


Do not limit your mindfulness practices just to few breathing sessions. Extend them to other areas of your life, like for instance, hobbies and activities that you enjoy can be forms of meditation. When you become engrossed in an activity, you find your flow and in a way, you are doing light meditation. Indulging in your creative pursuits can be a great way to be present and mindful.

Slow down when you are doing your daily chores. For instance, making conscious choices in choosing what to eat, chewing your food or eating mindfully, being present to your surroundings when you are walking, or staying aware of your body sensations while experiencing stress etc., can help you tap into feelings of peace and joy.

Practice deep breathing techniques. Instead of taking short rapid breaths, practice abdominal breathing. Slowing down and becoming conscious of your inhalations and exhalations calms you further and increases your energy.

Welcome emotions and thoughts that are present, without trying to suppress or judge. No matter how uncomfortable your emotions may make you feel, remind yourself that they are temporary. Treat emotions as messengers and welcome your experience just as it is instead of negating or denying.

Nourish your intention to be more in being in your conscious awareness. Be patient with yourself and build your mindfulness practice everyday, a little and often. Experiencing your wholeness enables you to recover a sense of unchanging and ever present peace and well-being.

“Meditation is not evasion; it is a serene encounter with reality.”

Thich Nhát Hanh

There is no advantage to hurrying through life.

Shikamaru Nara

Patience is an essential virtue to practice in our daily life, and many of us view it as the ‘right’ thing to do or as a ‘should’. It is the most virtuous in the face of adversity or frustration. There can be some real value in remaining patient and optimistic about hard situations in life. And yet, the ability to accept and tolerate trouble, delay or suffering without getting angry or upset is hard to develop.

Inspite of being able to ‘wait’ is a desirable quality, we become impulsive and our patience wears thin within no time. Since it is something that goes against our natural instinct, most of us fail to maintain a good attitude while waiting. We begin looking for things to instantly gratify ourselves in our daily instances where it is most important.

It is through practising patience in the present moment that the spiritual dimension of our life opens up. And is one of the most important spiritual quality that we can develop to build a life of more meaning and fulfilment. We get many opportunities to practice it in our day to day life experiences like at home with our kids, at work with our subordinates, in traffic, at a store and with strangers. But in many life situations, we lose our control and venture into things without considering all the options or waiting for the right moment for action. Often our emotions, the fear of future, ego or the desire to be in control of every moment become the major hindrances in practising it in all situations.

We generally grow impatient in response to some sort of situation that is not going according to our expectations or when something interferes with our plans. Our own expectations keep us from accepting the present moment on the grounds that it has to be replaced by some more ideal future. We tend to fight against things that are undesirable and try to change them. In a way, we refuse to adjust our expectations and reject how things are in reality in wanting to control something that we are powerless over.

Impatience is most times the result of not surrendering to the situation that we really cannot fight. We tend to accept things we like or surrender to certain realities of life that we can’t change. For instance, seasons, day and night. This is because we are sure that we cannot change them, so we choose not to fight it, rather we accept. But when it comes to unexpected changes, delays, difficulties, or undesirable things, we refuse to accept or tolerate the situation without getting angry or frustrated. It is important to remind ourselves that there are more things in life that we are powerless over and what we are really in control of are our own self, thoughts and actions.

To be impatient means to give into our ego.

Impatience is a natural human instinct and does not make you less human. It is simply the result of identifying more with your ‘ego’ part of self. When egoistic self gets in the way, it makes you think you need to be in control and forces you to act impulsively without considering the consequences or the other options. There are many situations where we let our egoic self take over and end up taking decisions or actions without waiting for the right moment.

Ego tends to make you think like “my time is more valuable than yours”, “my opinion matters more than yours”, or “I want to be in control of every situation.” Because of which we blow things out of proportion, lose perspective over a situation and make impulsive decisions. This often leads to many negative emotions and creates stress. And when you feel all this negativity, you pass it onto others. Being more mindful and self-compassionate in your moments of impatience is what paves way to practice more patience.

Patience is a compassionate act

Impatience often involves other people getting in our way in some shape or form. And sometimes it is our indifference, harshness or selfishness which gets in the way of being patient. We choose to react or behave impulsively when we feel something negative. Then we grow more impatient and reactive to the way we ourselves reacted—unkind and unmindful. Living life at fast pace, busyness and time constraints make us intolerant of our present moment. This results in frequent frustrations, anger and annoyance.

Actions arising from such annoyances can have consequences that are detrimental to one’s well-being. When anger intensifies, it limits our ability to use sound judgment and envision the consequences of our actions. As a result, we tend to consider others just as objects in our subjective life which makes us inconsiderate towards their concerns or feelings.

To be fully present with other requires a conscious choice to give the other your undivided attention. When you choose to empathise over reacting, you can really take time to listen actively, attend to yours or others’ concerns or emotions. Taking a pause between your immediate reactions to annoyances and your response to the feelings that arise within those instances, you can slow down, prevent yourself from saying hurtful things or avoid anger.

Impatience makes you inward focused, on you, on what you are not receiving, whereas, with patience, you are more focused outward. This can make you think, and choose care and compassion for not only the other person but also towards your own self. You can release your negative feelings and see ways to forgive unskillful actions of yours or others.

To be patient is to develop unconditional positive regard

The skill of patience helps you develop unconditional positive regard towards others where you grow more accepting and forgiving. Making an attempt to understand that every person is a product of so many conditions, their experiences and things that they have no control over opens you up to others’ weaknesses or flaws. Taking the necessary time to actively listen and understand what the other person is conveying to you makes you more tolerant even if you disagree or are offended. With compassion and willingness to forgive, we grow more accepting what the other is in a relationship.

Our emotions are natural and there is no quick fix to control the unbalanced emotions which are driven by unpleasant circumstances or thinks that we have no control on. However, we can make a conscious effort to manage how we think, choose to respond and be patient in any given circumstance. Patience will help you be more focused on being present with life as it is occurring and more grateful you become for what is good. It make you grow more resilient through difficult situations and persistent towards achieving your purpose.


  • Grow mindful of the causes of your impatience. When you are aware of your triggers, you can learn to minimise them. Reframe the situation by being aware of what expectations you had of it before you became impatient. Is it your ego in play or your expectations of a situation or of a person or of a relationship. When you are conscious about the condition you are in and what’s at play, you can reframe it to understand without frustration.
  • Manage your thoughts in the event of stressful situations. If a situation is intensifying your negative emotions, think in response to that particular feeling. This will allow you to choose your response or behaviour. Focus on the big picture rather than as good or bad out right or wrong. Life is often a combination of positives and negatives.
  • Be aware of the signs of impatience. Explore and know how it plays up for you in the moment – on your physical, emotional and mental aspects. Tune into and notice the bodily signs that alert you to your impatience. Such times, pay attention to your breathing, take few and deep breaths to slow down. This improves your awareness of the impulse to which you typically react and behave so you can step out of such unhelpful patterns.
  • When you notice self-critical thoughts and self-judgments that make you impulsive, take a self compassion break. Acknowledge that this particular situation is making you self-critical and instead of getting wound up in it, change your self-talk. Say to yourself, “I will adjust my expectations and try to be patient.”Be compassionate towards your own imperfections and vulnerabilities.
  • When disagreements make you feel impatient or angry, don’t suppress. Instead respond to others without becoming unkind and abusive. Maintain a positive perspective, instead of dwelling on things that are making you impulsive. Accept things and people as they are instead of wanting others to conform to your expectations.

Patience is a silent virtue to practice. When you are impatient, others have your control, but when you have patience, then you have control of yourself even in most frustrating situations. As the saying goes, “There are no honours too distant to the person who prepares himself for them with patience.” It doesn’t matter how difficult the situation may be, you can endure it if you are willing to have the patience to go through the things and spend your time working towards your purpose.

When we practice patience, we gradually create more peaceful world within, where we grow more hopeful, trusting, less complaining, and more tolerant and accepting of difficulties and mistakes.

“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience and compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.”

Lao Tzu

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