This is a concept that is deeply simple but can have profound implications. I learned this from a Buddhist teacher who recommended that before meditating (or anything) set an intention - what is the purpose of it, i.e. to gain awareness, calm, balance, to inquire. Unless we have an intention for something we can get lost without direction. This is relevant for every single moment of our lives. If you go on a journey you usually know the destination though how you get there could vary.
Our intention can be extended from a moment, to a day (each morning I decide what I'll be working on, if I'll fit in yoga or a walk, etc, or if not well simply to rest). We can check in with ourselves to ensure we are maintaining what we intended, and if not perhaps review if circumstances have significantly changed. This awareness prevents us getting pulled in other directions - demands from others, emails etc.
We can now also extend this to setting an intention for your lifetime - what is it the intention for your life? To have a family, a career, to be kind, gain knowledge, to make music. If we don't have a direction or a destination how will we know which way to go. Setting intention for life can really make a clearer path, and easier to identify obstacles and notice when we head off in a different tangent.
All three of these are a useful way of prioritising what matters to you and your precious gift of life - what is your intention in this moment, for this day and for this life time?
A counsellor (Prof. Dip) and psychotherapist (MSc) sharing inspiration and tips for better wellbeing. My knowledge is freely given, please feel free to share after asking! Let's help each other lead satisfying meaningful lives.