Evolving intentions

I start to realise that my underlying intentions are becoming more supportive of live (and less about control of life). Whilst reading a lovely book about dream work by Jill Mellick, The Art of Dreaming, I discovered a nice overview of different intentions behind everything to you do. From a ‘traditional’ approaches on the left side to a more ‘innovative’ approach on the right side.

This overview has helped me to put words to my intentions and as a consequence to become more conscious about my intentions from moment to moment. Over time I feel I am (no wonder) migrating to the right side. In orange a few my personal favourites:

Evolving intentions from ‘doing’ to ‘being’

Analyse     /     Nourish
Interpret     /     Explore
Identify     /     Imagine
Hypothesize     /     Guess
Work on     /     Be with, Play with
Get a handle on     /     Fly with
Apply to life     /     Give life to
Theorize     /     Inquire
Break down     /     Connect
Defuse     /     Infuse
Think about     /    Create around
Figure out     /     Sustain the mystery of
Assimilate     /     Accomodate
Categorize     /     Allow to evolve
Understand     /     Appreciate
Study     /     Learn
Observe     /     Participate
Research     /     Experience
Translate     /     Learn the language
Decode     /     Delight in
Tell, write down     /     Paint, dance, sing..
Denote, connote     /     Imagine, amplify
Simplify     /     Enrich

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Beauty of small steps

When my natural purpose in live became clear I started thinking about ways to integrate that into my work. This was however accompanied, as it quite often is, with a strong desire to have material ‘impact’. Meaning being involved in ‘big’ or ‘important’ projects in line with my calling.

This thinking however meant that all kind of beautiful but ‘smaller’ projects seemed to disqualify and little happened as ‘larger’ projects are usually quite difficult to launch succesfully. At the same time this search for ‘size’ did not match my desire for simplicity and human scale. At this point was helpful for me to visualize the beauty of small steps. It shows how quickly small actions nearby can radiate into something much larger.


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