Think Like A Monk #11 Live Your Intention



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Chapter 4 Intention

Live Your Intentions

“Of course, simply having intentions isn’t enough.”

“We have to take action to help those seeds grow.”

“I don’t believe in wishful “manifesting,” the idea that if you simply believe something will happen, it will.”

“We can’t sit around with true intentions expecting that what we want will fall into our laps.”

“Nor can we expect someone to find us, discover how amazing we are, and hand us our place in the world.”

“Nobody is going to create our lives for us.”

“Martin Luther King said: “Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.” 

“When people come to me seeking guidance, I constantly hear,”

“I wish….I wish…I wish…”

“I wish my partner would be more attentive.”

“I wish I could have the same job but make more money. ”

“I wish my relationship were more serious.”

“We never say,” 

“I wish I could be more organized and focused and could do the hard work to get that.”

“We don’t vocalize what it would actually take to get what we want.”

“I wish is a code for “I don’t want to do anything differently.”

“There’s an apocryphal story about Picasso that perfectly illustrates how we fail to recognize the work and perseverance behind achievement.”

“As the tale goes, a woman sees Picasso in a market.”

“She goes up to him and says, “Would you mind drawing something for me?”

“Sure,” he says, and thirty seconds later he hands her a remarkably beautiful little sketch.

“That will be thirty thousand dollars,” he says.

“But Mr. Picasso, ”the woman says, “how can you charge me so much?”

“This drawing only took you thirty seconds!”

“It took me thirty years.”

“The effort behind it is invisible.”

“The monk in my ashram who could easily recite all the scriptures put years into memorizing them.”

“I needed to consider that investment, the life it required, before making it my goal.”

“When asked who we are, we resort to stating what we do:”

“I’m an accountant.”

“I’m a lawyer.”

“I’m a housewife/househusband.”

“I’m an athlete.”

“I’m a teacher.”

“Sometimes this is just a useful way to jump-start a conversation with someone you’ve just met.”

“But life is more meaningful when we define ourselves by our intentions rather than our achievements.”

“If you truly define yourself by your job, then what happens when you lose your job? ”

”If you define yourself as an athlete, then an injury ends your career, you don’t know who you are.”

“Losing a job shouldn’t destroy our identities, but often it does.”

“Instead, if we live intentionally, we sustain a sense of purpose and meaning that isn’t tied to what we accomplish but who we are.”

“If your intention is to help people, you have to embody that intention by being kind, openhearted, and innovative, by recognizing people’s strengths, supporting their weakness, listening, helping them grow, reading what they need from you, and noticing when it changes.”

“When you identify your intentions, they reveal your values.”

“Living your intention means having it permeate your behavior.”

“If your goal is to improve your relationship, you might plan dates, give your partner gifts, and get a haircut to look better for them.”

“Your wallet will be thinner, your hair might look better, and your relationship may or may not improve.”

“But watch what happens if you make internal changes to live your intention.”

“In order to improve your relationship, you try to become calmer, more understanding, and more inquisitive.”

“If the changes you make are internal, you’ll feel better about yourself and you’ll be a better person.”

“If your relationship doesn’t improve, you’ll still be the better for it.”

Do The Work

“Once you know the why behind the want, consider the work behind the want.”

“What will it take to get the nice house and the fancy car?”

“Are you interested in that work?”

“Are you willing to do it?”

“Will the work itself bring you a sense of fulfillment even if you don’t succeed quickly - or ever?”

“The monk who asked me why I wanted to learn all of the scripture by heart didn’t want me to be mesmerized by the superpowers of other monks and to seek those powers out of vanity.”

*艾薇塔的邊讀邊念的時候不小心把mesmerize (v.)迷惑 看成 memorize(v.)了 TT

“He wanted to know if I was interested in the work - in the life I would live, the person I would be, the meaning I would find in the process of learning the scriptures.” 

“The focus is on the process, not the outcome.”

“The Desert Fathers were the earliest Christian monks, living in hermitage in the deserts of the Middle East.”

“According to these monks,”

“We do not make progress because we do not realize how much we can do.”

“We lose interest in the work we have begun, and we want to be good without even trying.”

“If you’re in love with the day-to-day process, then you do it with depth, authenticity, and a desire to make an impact.”

“And if you have a clear and confident sense of why you took each step, then you are more resilient.”

“Failure doesn’t mean you’re worthless - it means you must look for another route to achieving worthwhile goals.”

“Satisfaction comes from believing in the value of what you do.”

Letting Go To Grow

“Living intentionally means stepping back from external goals, letting go of outward definitions of success, and looking within.”

“Developing a meditation practice with breathwork is a natural way to support this intention.”

“As you cleanse yourself of opinions and ideas that don’t make sense with who you are and what you want, I recommend using breathwork as a reminder to live at your own pace, in your own time.”

“Breathwork helps you understand that your way is unique- and that’s as it should be.”