What Does it Mean to Lead with Intention?

Sometimes people do not realize how much pressure they put on themselves to live a certain way, even in recovery. The body, mind, and soul are only so ready to change as they can be at any given time. Achievement can often get in the way of a person’s growth because it becomes all about pushing themselves as hard as possible for as long as possible. Being intentional about growth and healing can help put focus on the right things.

Intention Defined

An intention is a statement that directs attention towards a goal. Intentions help guide thoughts and actions towards goals. They are powerful ways to direction actions, which become habits, which create character, which shape life in general. This is why it is key to be aware of intention in recovery, and shift them if they are not serving you well. To discover the best intention, listen to intuition. Intention is correlated with the heart’s longing in yoga. It can be easier to to listen to the addiction voice rather than the one that says lead with integrity, peace, and a heart that serves to heal in recovery.

Ripple Impact

An amazing element of intention can be applied to more than one area of life. It begins by practicing intention in recovery. This means being positive, focused on relationship, and following your instinct to do the right thing for yourself. When you put yourself above all else, you are focusing on becoming a loving person, making plans to support healing, and putting yourself in a position to be loving and kind to yourself no matter what.

Intention in Recovery

The best intention for recovery today is to be present for you. Some simple ways to tap into this inner knowing and intention can include the following exercisesf:

  • Find a comfortable seat or lie down. Get quiet and still. Take five deep breaths. On the exhale, allow tension to release into the earth
  • Place attention on the heart space. Imagine breathing into the heart and exhaling out
  • Ask what your intention is in recovery and how you can be more gentle with yourself
  • Open your eyes and pick up your pen. Write down intentions that resonate with you
  • Commit to showing up in service of the intention and let it guide choices, thoughts, and actions

The key is not to let anyone else tell you what is or is not healing for you in recovery. The focus and intention for you will be different that someone else but always remain aligned with the goal that recovery is first and everything else falls in line behind that.

The Last Resort provides a safe, supportive environment for men in a retreat-like setting. Nature is an important component of recovery and healing. We strive to provide a place of enrichment that cultivates the inner as well as the outer journey of recovery. However you find your way to the Last Resort, we endeavor to provide a haven where you can journey through recovery feeling like your life and story have meaning and a purpose. Call us to find out more: 512-750-6750.