Among the definition of Intention is one from medicine: “The healing process of a wound.” The more common usage of the word is: an aim or plan. In the prior usage, the word deals with whether or not a wound has enough material to heal from connections of tissue and skin. Is everything touching, are there any gaps? In the latter definition we are speaking of our commitment to an outcome. What do I want to happen? It often arises when there is a gap between what we want and what we are living. It is our resolve to see that gap healed. But sometimes we have to admit, the gaps are wide and difficult to bridge. Intention can seem a thin tool with which to do the hard work of building connections.
Our January theme of Intention is well timed. We can all benefit from asking ourselves about how we are living and what we really intend. Life is too often so fast paced and demanding that we can easily forget what we really intend in life. In fact, we can go years without giving it much thought at all. And all the while, we feel the emotions that always measure what it costs not to be yourself and not to live as we really want to live.
This January and throughout our winter, with the help of Rev. Sue Sinnamon and our adult formation programs, we want to go deeper. Winter is a great time to do this important work. The cold and darkness remind us to turn inward and take stock of ourselves. Even if you live a busy life caring for children or others, we hope to help you connect with the opportunity to go deeper into the question of what you intend.
We hope we can all connect with our aims, strengthen our understanding, clarify intention and connect with the steps that lead us closer to the personal alignment of life and values. It always feels best. So we are putting out the call to examine what we intend through the month of January.
What do you intend with your life and your living? What is the plan you live and ends your serve? How do you assess the connections around old wounds or recent injury? What is your plan for wholeness?
I look forward to our conversations on these foundational questions and to your answers to this question: What is your intention?
 Oxford English Dictionary