I was listening to a podcast the other day with Dr. Dan Siegel, a scientist, doctor, and psychiatrist who is a neuroscience and mindfulness geek. I was taken aback when, during a brain-science talk, he began to speak about the power of intention. Intention and brain-science?
I was completely intrigued.
I did some research and here, in his book Aware, The Science and Practice of Presence, Dr. Siegel writes:
“How intention glows, determines where attention goes, neural firing flows, and neural and interpersonal connection grow. Your intention sets the direction of attention and connection. When we set an intention in awareness with initial purposeful effort, we influence what will also become intention even outside of our awareness. This creates a state of mind that can be present without our conscious effort. This is how a repeated, purposefully create state of mind during a practice becomes an automatic trait in our lives.”