Goals Vs. Intentions
Published on January 17, 2009
“What would it be like if you didn’t measure the success of your life just by what you get and don’t get, but gave equal or greater priority to how aligned you are with your deepest values? Goals are rooted in maya (illusion); the illusionary world where what you want seems fixed and unchanging but in truth is forever changing. It is in this world that mara, the inner voice of temptation and discouragement, flourishes. Goals never fulfill you in an ongoing way; they either beget another goal or else collapse. They provide excitement-the ups and downs of life-but intention is what provides you with self-respect and peace of mind.
Naturally, sometimes things go well for you and other times not, but you do not live and die by these endless fluctuation. Your happiness comes from the strength of your internal experience of intention. You become one of those fortunate human beings who know who they are and are independent of our culture’s obsession with winning. You still feel sadness, loss, anger, and fear, but you have a means for directly relating to all of these difficult emotions. Therefore, you are not a victim, nor are your happiness and peace of mind dependent on how things are right now.”
Peace & Love.