Unexpected Benefits

I didn’t realize I’d get a benefit by sharing my passion for living life from within! Blogging made me ask if I’m walking my talk, which led to some needed spiffing up!  But moving on with the basic elements of activating our inner resources:

Step 2: What Is Your Intention?

Intention helps the inner compass find ‘true north’ to move us in the direction we’ve chosen when it and we are consistent with our nature.

So much has been said by so many on the subject of intention, does anyone need to hear anything more about it? Ever? Yes, because in addition to the good stuff, there’s been too much over-simplification. Also, as we move through this blog series I’ll show you how to use it in conjunction with improving mobility and pain relief.

To know your intention, allow yourself space to be and time to reflect so that the intention is consistent with your nature, with the grain of your being. An intention that reflects your heart’s purpose and desire will help you take flight – likely preceded by some homework – something I noticed I’d become a tad shy of:  too much thinking about not enough doing!

An intention puts our internal resources on notice that we’ve chosen a clear direction. This is a powerful thing because as the intention is reinforced (see next blog post), the way to fulfilling it begins to show itself, in whatever time frame is appropriate (quickly, slowly, who’s to know?)

Pie in the sky?

There’s been a lot in popular media that takes a simpler (simple minded?) view. I heard a professional say:   If you want to be a world-famous opera singer, just have the intention and visualize yourself on a stage. That’s all you need. Not on my planet. How about adding voice training and practice?

Closer to Reality:

If a person chooses to gain greater use of a wounded leg but simultaneously thinks it’s not possible, he’ll prove himself right. A contradictory fear, hidden desire or need that doesn’t come into the light will be a hidden saboteur that negates intention. Uncovering our own hidden belief systems (a possible intention?) helps us become more whole and more effective.

Setting Your Intention:

Once you’ve got the intention, make it yours:  own it, claim it, create reminders of it. Take time to be with it. Breathe it in. Write it down, dance it in, sing it out with words or sounds. Some like to paint it, shape it in clay – whatever you are inspired to do, let it flow.

I have a conflict in that I want to write all that I can on this topic, but it would be a book instead of a blog post. See you next Monday. Thanks for your comments, love them, please leave lots.

Question for You:

Have you had a good experience using intention? A bad experience?

6 Responses to “Unexpected Benefits”

  1. susanideus Says:

    Improving mobility and pain relief–you have me hooked. I need both! I have fibromyalgia and I know I am much to sedentary, mostly because when I hurt, I don’t want to hurt more by exercising. Probably not the best attitude, right? Or is that intention?

    • Mary Marino-Strong Says:

      Susan, what you are saying is so natural, why would anyone push themselves to exercise when it hurts. It doesn’t sound like a poor attitude, it sounds like something very important: motivation. Without motivation how far does anyone get, especially with challenging situations? If you make a decision that you want to get more mobility and pain relief, and you set the intention, there are many ways you can help yourself that I can share with you. You might want to take a look at my website, especially the Feel Better Now page. All the best to you.

  2. judy Says:

    Mary, I really like the fact that you are not using jargon particular to a certain discipline. That keeps your information fresh, and relevant to a variety of people. I’m looking forward to learning more about movement and healing. Healing is something everyone can get excited about!

    • Mary Marino-Strong Says:

      Thanks, Judy. Glad you don’t need buzz words; I’ve never been good at them and they don’t tell the heart of the story. I’ve always forgotten names of things, I just want to know what they are, I was never good at remembering what they were called (it’s a kind of dyslexia, but it has a value.) Glad to learn what you are interested in – the blog posts will build, so far they’ve been on foundational basics. I had a great martial arts teacher, high level black belt, that was not pleased when he traveled and saw 5th degree black belts who didn’t know how to walk (martial arts style.) It was a good lesson.

  3. Janet Riehl Says:


    I’m so pleased to see that you ground the concept of intention. Yes, focus, and then work toward your goal.

    For me, the idea of motivation finding its way into action helps. What values do I draw on in doing the work? What do I want the work to achieve? Who do I want it to reach? Who does it serve?

    When I reach into the well of motivation that strengthens and deepens intention.

    Janet Riehl

    • Mary Marino-Strong Says:

      Ah, yes, Janet, motivation! It is a key to taking intention beyond ideas and ideals. In healing work, sometimes it’s suffering that creates the motivation. With art, the creativity must be expressed. Both are compelling motivators. Thank you for sharing from your rich, extensive and successful experience (or, I should say, riehl experience – never met a pun I could resist. I’m a gemini, we’re allowed; we have a special dispensation.)

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