Intention. Purpose. Trust.

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.”

What happens we set our Intention?


The Three Cornerstones of Intention

Yesterday I was reminded WHY I chose to move here in the first place.

Okay – I will admit – I have spent the last couple of days feeling really sorry for myself.  I felt groggy from my surgery, the vision in my right eye is non-existent & cloudy and I am feeling like a soggy lump from lack of exercise.

But yesterday I was determined to get out of the house, go for a long walk and get some fresh air – which I did.  I walked for two hours and found my self on West Beach in Port Jefferson.  Ah, yes – that is why I moved here: the sound of the waves, the wind, seeing the buoys marking the channel, the stretch of beach and the broad expanse of sky refreshed my heart, my mind and my body. (more…)