I’m delighted that we’ll be exploring a topic that many of us struggle with — what does intentionality mean, how do we do it? What does it mean to be both present, or in the ‘now,’ yet intentional, that is, living with an end in mind?
I hope to gather some insights with you as we move forward, one intentional step at a time.
Today’s photo is the blossom for a red Chinese noodle bean, an heirloom that’s supposed to grow to 18 inches.
“Everything’s intentional. It’s just filling in the dots.”
— David Byrne
For the next ten Saturdays, we’ll be exploring ‘Intentionality.’
The series will be different than its title may suggest, for it will engage a broad and, hopefully, cohesive understanding of the term.
Our format for the next ten weeks?
The Tuesday posts will be improvised. There may be recordings, but I suspect the content will be short, maybe a quote, a bit of art, a photo, a brief (or not so brief) written entry, and the content may or may not intersect with our ten week theme.
The weekly Saturday entry will be the thematically driven recorded reflection and meditation, with photo/quote/art as inspiration leads.
Today’s recording is a prelude, an invitation to consider the meaning and use of ‘intentionality,’ and to create a space for a deeper, expanding journey into intentional living.
Our small but engaged group invites you to join us in this journey.
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Recorded audio reflection and meditation, click here:
The book is worth your time and imaginative exploration, but it reveals itself best through slow and deliberate contemplation, as this snippet suggests:
“When you take the time to draw on your listening-imagination, you will begin to hear this gentle voice at the heart of your life. It is deeper and surer than all the other voices of disappointment, unease, self-criticism and bleakness. All holiness is about learning to hear the voice of your own soul. It is always there and the more deeply you learn to listen, the greater surprises and discoveries that will unfold. To enter into the gentleness of your own soul changes the tone and quality of your life. Your life is no longer consumed by hunger for the next event, experience or achievement. You learn to come down from the treadmill and walk on the earth. You gain a new respect for yourself and others and you learn to see how wonderfully precious this one life is. You begin to see through the enchanting veils of illusion that you had taken for reality. You no longer squander yourself on things and situations that deplete your essence. You know now that your true source is not outside you. Your soul is your true source and a new energy and passion awakens in you.”
And here is a flower from my borage plant, because it’s so pretty that it’s worth a minute to pause.
Several overlapping issues dictate postponing our series finale, hopefully no later than Tuesday — but perhaps next Saturday.
In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this:
“To be great, be whole;
Exclude nothing, exaggerate nothing that is not you.
Be whole in everything. Put all you are
Into the smallest thing you do.
So, in each lake, the moon shines with splendor
Because it blooms up above.”
― Fernando Pessoa, Poems of Fernando Pessoa