Sunday, January 3, 2016



Authentic mindfulness takes into consideration the intentions behind our actions. Intentions matter as much as mindfulness. Together they have the power to transform our lives. Our intentions act as a governing force behind our actions. Even if we make mistakes and the results do not work out the way we want, we can take note of our intentions. If we know deep in our heart that our intentions are wholesome, then we should take comfort in this knowledge. . .
-- Christopher Titmuss


Make a firm intention, motivation, or resolution to stay present and connected with as many moments as possible. Make the intention to stay calm and conscious throughout the whole day. Practice to relax into every situation, even if things are not going as you would wish. Don't neglect mindfulness of breathing as a basic aid.  Ask yourself whether there is any area of your life where you need to make the intention healthy and wholesome.  Make that intention until it is well established.
-- Christopher Titmuss

+ Christopher Titmuss offers powerful insights into the value of mindfulness. In the excerpt above he lauds the virtues of the spiritual practice of intention.  No doubt about it.  We need to constantly intend to be still and mindful or we won’t be still and mindful.  I like a Sufi proverb I encountered recently: There are 2 rules for a spiritual practice. 1-Begin. 2-Continue.

Life is full of obstacles to an effective, beneficial  spiritual practice.  Over and over again, we must remind ourselves that there is an amazing peace deep within us worth seeking at all times and in all places.  This requires intention and practice, practice, practice. 

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