"Intentions are sometimes called seeds. The garden you
grow depends on the seeds you plant and water." Gil Fronsdal,
The Insight Meditation Centre
Sankalpa means intention, will, goal, purpose, or determination.
Intention and action often conflict resulting in confusion.
This can cause an inner conflict if not recognised. Most of
our intentions go unnoticed! Clear
intentions are important in climbing and yoga to give our
actions direction and purpose.
If we set an
intention our following actions will be more focused.
“Every mind movement involves an intention. Intentions
are present even in such seemingly minute and usually unnoticed
decisions as where to direct our attention or which thoughts
to pursue. Just as drops of water will eventually fill a bathtub,
so the accumulation of these small choices shapes who we are.”
we practice being mindful and in the moment, it’s still
important to have a sense of destination (a goal). “Without
any sense of destination, development, or deepening of realization,
then we lose a source of tremendous energy and inspiration.”
Joseph Goldstein. We need to discover the equipoise between
effort and surrender. Think of a climber on a route. There
is a very definate purpose, to reach the top of the climb.
That keeps the climber moving, but the climber must pay accurate
and precise attention on each move otherwise they will fall.
A climber must stay aware of each move, but at the same time
hold a vision of the top of the climb in their mind. The important
point is that they are attentive and mindful to where they
are and are not at the top of the climb. When climbing or
practicing yoga your intention should be specific and definite.
Focusing on an intention each time your mind is drawn away
(such as sticky feet, the breath, don’t procrastinate,
relaxed grip). A Mantra is a good way of achieving this. Commitment
is required to see an intention through.
someone is searching," said Siddhartha, "then it
might easily happen that the only thing his eyes still see
is that what he searches for, that he is unable to find anything,
to let anything enter his mind, because he always thinks of
nothing but the object of his search, because he has a goal,
because he is obsessed by the goal. Searching means: having
a goal. But finding means: being free, being open, having
no goal. You, oh venerable one, are perhaps indeed a searcher,
because, striving for your goal, there are many things you
don't see, which are directly in front of your eyes."
Siddhartha, Herman Hesse
intention, all these postures, these breathing practices,
meditations, and the like can become little more than ineffectual
gestures. When animated by intention, however, the simplest
movement, the briefest meditation, and the contents of one
breath cycle are made potent.” Donna
"Meaning is essential to human beings. We continually
need to make sense of our inner and outer worlds, finding
meaning in our environment and our relationships with other
humans, and act according to that meaning. This includes our
particular need to act with a purpose or goal in mind. Because
of our ability to project mental images into the future we
act with the conviction, valid or unvalid, that our actions
are voluntary, intentional and purposeful. As human beings
we are capable of two kind of actions. Like all living organisms
we engage in involuntary, unconscious activities,such as digesting
our food or circulating our blood, which are part of the process
of life and therefore cognitive in the sense of the Santiago
Theory. In addition, we engage in voluntary, intentional activities,
and it is acting with intention and purpose that we experience
human freedom." Fritjof Capra, The Hidden Connections