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The Importance of Intention to Create Freedom and Aliveness

The Importance of Intention by Carter Miles. Photograph by Bill Miles
Photograph of the author by Bill Miles

Freedom and aliveness — creating the life and the you, you always dreamed of realizing through deliberate, intentional living.

If you’ve been to a yoga class you’ve heard a teacher offer you a few moments at the beginning of class to set an intention, usually its follow with some examples like strength, courage, patience, stuff like that. Its sounds new age AF and my initial (and longstanding) response was always “how is saying this in my head going to give me these qualities?” Truth is it won’t. Intention setting by itself is more or less worthless. Wishing rarely gets you what you want, if it

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