Our intentions have been considered a huge influence in our spiritual development. This is assumed because they act as an excuse used to hide the fact that our actions are not adequate. Using intention, everyone would choose - instantly - to change themselves in infinite ways, but it is necessary to practice your actions to develop the conscious mind, and its capacity to be 'mindful'.
This way of living the life we have, is a sign of fear. To change your actions, you must first find the desire (love) within you to act upon these transitions.
It is too easy to be mindless with our actions and convince ourselves otherwise. I used to believe that all needed was to 'go with the flow', take life as it comes, and to have the right intentions. In actuality, this allows you to zone out of your present moment, thus, being selectively observant and to perceive only that wish you wish to.
When you love, the desire comes naturally, but it is an easy comfort to assume that the universe, in its majesty, will give you everything and leave little for you to do. We relax into the assumption that if everything feels right now, then this should never need to change. We become retro-novonic.
To love is to first take an emotion you have towards your self/ your soul, and to extend that to another. If you are unaware of yourself in this light, and you fail to have self love (not to be confused with the ego), then how can you share this with another?
Being mindful is difficult, yes. I would argue that no one is perfect, and so it is always going to be a strive for development to the individual. However, it is a process with steps.
The guidance life offers us, can be bitter and hard to swallow. From losing possessions to loved ones, and harming everything inbetween - we MUST not play these off as unfortunate events, with obscure circumstances. The footprints we follow have been placed in our tracks with our well-being in mind, learning from these is essential.
Acknowledging the present moment as a whole, whilst ignoring the influences of the past and the expectations for the future is an action which, with extensive practice, will become easier. These are the elements that have nurtured our soul, and we are now attempting to re-train our minds to channel the soul in a different way. Our nurturing has led to the manifestation of emotions, spanning from love to fear, encompassing all else in between. The goal, is not to hold onto the emotional states of being, but to acknowledge and evolve.
We are physical molecules, controlled by a cognitive vibration, stimulating our emotional chameleons, who feed on the abundant spiritual food. We are - ourselves - a food chain.
Whilst renouncing your possessions is a technique used in the enlightenment process, it is another example of escaping the reality you are presented with. Our mindful adaptation is to enhance the present that our expectancies and memories have created. Changing your path dramatically may work for you, but there is always a better solution than running form the problem. We must strive for a better life, and take all the souls around us with us.
Mindfulness is not something provided for us, but is something our soul strives for and our old self repels. When we stub our toe or drop our keys, an irate cloud gathers in our present moment. The fog this creates, aids such emotions as stress and anger because we cannot see the situation for what it is immediately. Retracting our attention from its selected location - the keys - and encompassing the whole moment as one, allows us to appreciate that we have forgotten to lock the door or maybe we have failed to keep a secret locked in our mind.
But the key to mindfulness, is a combination of self realization and self appreciation. As we accept our flaws we realize the self, and as we act to change them, we appreciate the new self.
The footprints we follow are not with obvious definition, but each is a challenge, to first discover its meaning and then to act upon.
Be mindful, even when your mind is full