The principle of intention is purposeful action in life that is generated from the mind, body, and/or spirit. Likewise, the principle of attention gives the ability to direct or focus the energy that is generated mentally physically and/or spiritually. When personal energy is focused it affects others by causing their energy to be focused in the same ways. A perfect example is found in the saying, “What you give out is what you get back.” Upon reading both chapters on intention and attention, it is obvious to see how the two connect to one another. One of my favorite bible quotes was used as an example of intention brought about by attention, “Where your treasure is, there your heart is also.” Years ago I helped plan and speak at a youth retreat with the treasure theme. The focus was on living a Godly life in order to bring about good. This has always been my focus/attention as I have traveled through the past 20 years. I believe evil or negativity challenges us or distracts us from being grounded in who we are. The author says, “Many leaders suffer from intermittent attention deficit disorder because the world around them conspires to distract their attention and to rob them of focus and because things come at leaders from all directions.” These distractions are the forces of evil/negativity that work against what is good and positive. By being surrounded by positive people, who have the similar intentions and focus, we can live a three dimensional life full of depth. In turn, we will not only be affective but will affect others in authentic life-giving ways.
Monday, June 3, 2013
“Where attention goes, there energy goes!”
As I have journeyed through my life, I have outwardly observed my inner-self become more intentional about why and how I live my life. I have created positive energy flow by finding the positive in my life. I have been purposeful about living simply and have resisted the urge to surround myself with constant distractions. These actions fall in line with the principle of intention. In order for me to stay committed to living simply, I have had to give my constant attention to the practice. There are so many things in life that challenge the ability to live simply; yet, by being focused and committed I have been able to stay on course. This ability to attend falls in line with the principle of attention.