Setting Intentions Jennifer Gates Youth and Family Ministry Director, Unity of SA
“When we learn to harness the power of intention, we can live in the now and at the same time create the future of our desires.” – Carolyn Warnemuende
Affirmation: “I co-create the world in which I live.”
Throughout life, each of us has the opportunity to examine the life we are living and consider if our actions are in alignment with our highest, most authentic self. It’s refreshing to take a look at our goals and desires from time to time and make adjustments if and when needed. For our children and teens, the start of a new school year is a natural time to think about what we hope to accomplish in the months ahead.
In order to access our authentic self, we must become mindful of our thoughts, feelings, emotions, and perceptions and ask ourselves questions that draw us into our essence. Some questions might be: Who am I being right now? Am I demonstrating the qualities of being that move my heart? Who am I willing to be in order to make a difference in this situation? Am I willing to move past where I have stopped before in the past?
Your intention should be closely tied to your personal thoughts, values and perspective on life. Intentions can be a clear and specific wish, or as simple as a word or phrase you’d like to align yourself with, like “open your mind and heart,” “love,” “softness,” “strength,” “compassion for myself and others,” “peace,” or “freedom.” Try to keep the intention positive, so instead of saying “stop being a coward,” or “spend less time alone,” choose the intentions, “be courageous” or simply, “community”.
For an interesting perspective, you can visit https://mindfulminutes.com/intention-setting-101/ to learn more about setting intentions each day and in every circumstance.
Adult volunteers will share information with children and teens about what it means to set intentions in the Unity tradition. We will focus upon Unity Principle #3 – using intention to focus on creating the life we wish to have; and Unity Principle #5 – keeping our focus on our goals in order to live the Truth we know ourselves to be in the world.
Children and teens will use questions and discussion to create their own personal intention for the school year ahead.
Principle #3: I create my life experience by what I choose to think, believe and feel.
Principle #5: I must live the Truth that I know!
Please mark your calendars: On August 20, August 27, and September 10, there will be no Youth Ministry classes. All of our families are invited to attend the Sunday service on these dates. Candidates for our Senior Minister position will be visiting on these dates and providing the Sunday sermon as well as a follow up class after the service. The Board of Trustees and the Leadership of UCSA would like every congregant to have the opportunity to see the candidates in action during these services. Please encourage your family to participate and share their feedback with you. As always, the “Comfort Room” at the rear of the sanctuary will be available, should your family need to utilize this space.