In my meditation group tonight, our teacher talked a bit about the value of setting intentions – for a given night of practice, or even for an entire year.

He likened this to driving without a map from London to Newcastle, far in the North of England. You’ll get there eventually, but it might take a lot longer. And it’s much harder to take a scenic route if you don’t know where those roads are.

The intention that I chose for this evening’s meditation was ‘I accept without judgment everything I am feeling’. It’s been hard for me to rebuild a sense of comfort and security in my body. My mind is similarly unquiet.

This helped me be more present in the meditation – last week was agony, this week was merely challenging.

Taking a similar choice to set intentions before big projects, or meetings, or even just getting out of bed is a powerful tool to point us in the direction we want to go.

Our intentions create the maps for our lives.

Tonight, I’m asking myself: where do you want to go?

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