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Intent of the Day: Healing Words


Healing comes in many forms. In medication. In nature. With time and space. Today we explore the healing that comes from the words we receive and speak. As a culture, we’ve come to understand that words can harm. Telling a child that they’ll never grow up to be anything can have lasting implications and we can understand that correlation. But we don’t alway think about using our words with intention for positivity and healing. We don’t always consider how much we say that has no real nutritional value.

“I guess we’ll see…”
“I don’t know…”
“Who knows?…”

We absolve ourselves from taking a position of strength and health and wholeness. So, today, we choose to use our words with intention for healing.

Right there with us? Here are 3 resources to help: Continue reading

The Beautiful Intents of Intent.com

In April we were excited to launch the brand new Intent.com app!
After building a family online, we were excited to take that family out into the world and allow you to share your intents as they happen. It has been wonderful to see the marriage of words and images, your feelings paired with that what you are seeing.

Some of those intent are… Continue reading



Don’t fight it.

It won’t make a difference anyway, and the end result, which is really the only result, will always be exactly where it was meant to be, even before you knew it would be there.

And this is not about giving up, conforming, confirming or conning you. But rather, it is about the thing that you know makes you tick, like a clock, and part of the new stopular culture that is the real deal.

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Good Luck: Words of Wisdom on Being Lucky


Today is Saint Patrick’s Day! Named for a man who was brave and made the most of hard situations, the original Patrick was kidnapped by Gaelic raiders and found God in the years he spent on the Emerald isle. He was able to escape back to his home in Britain only to return to Ireland as an evangelist after becoming a priest.

Are you in a rock bottom moment? Maybe it’s an opportunity waiting to be realized, with out without a little luck! Here are some words of wisdom to bring a little extra shimmer to your Tuesday: Continue reading

Words to Inspire Your New Year

Last year, many of our Intent team chose words to focus on in 2014.
Words like “courage” or “fun” became our banners for the days to come and, speaking personally, having a simple focus made life so much easier.
My word being “fun”, I would ask myself:
“What is the fun option?” 
“Would this be fun to me?”
“Which choice is more fun?”
It didn’t always mean that my choice was the most frugal or the most realistic.
It simply meant that whatever I was doing was the most fun.
The singular focus was so helpful in easing the anxiety and complication of decision-making which happened to be my issue at the time.

This year I’ll choose a new word. I encourage you to do the same.
Some options? Continue reading

Love Your Community: Intent.com Valentines

Kindness in words creates confidence.
-Lao Tzu

Do you remember your first love note?
In elementary school, you unfolded the wide-ruled paper and it said something about how you were so pretty or you were the funniest or the best basketball player or you had the coolest birthday party. Really, to hear any of those things as an adult might not be so bad either! The truth is becoming an adult means we have access to so many more words and choose to use them less and less.

So we at Intent bring you some of our favorite words to help you say the things you’ve been meaning to say on Valentine’s Day.






Download and share or create your own.
Kind words create confidence, so don’t let your words stay locked up inside!

Top 10 Relationship Words That Aren’t Translatable Into English

Elephant-Heart-726472These are words that in other languages describe the subtle realities of love, desire and relationship… but seem to have no direct English translation. Compiled by Pamela Haag at BigThink:

1. Mamihlapinatapei (Yagan, an indigenous language of Tierra del Fuego): The wordless yet meaningful look shared by two people who desire to initiate something, but are both reluctant to start.

Oh yes, this is an exquisite word, compressing a thrilling and scary relationship moment. It’s that delicious, cusp-y moment of imminent seduction. Neither of you has mustered the courage to make a move, yet. Hands haven’t been placed on knees; you’ve not kissed. But you’ve both conveyed enough to know that it will happen soon… very soon.

2. Yuanfen (Chinese): A relationship by fate or destiny. This is a complex concept. It draws on principles of predetermination in Chinese culture, which dictate relationships, encounters and affinities, mostly among lovers and friends.From what I glean, in common usage yuanfen means the “binding force” that links two people together in any relationship.But interestingly, “fate” isn’t the same thing as “destiny.” Even if lovers are fated to find each other they may not end up together. The proverb, “have fate without destiny,” describes couples who meet, but who don’t stay together, for whatever reason. It’s interesting, to distinguish in love between the fated and the destined. Romantic comedies, of course, confound the two.

3. Cafuné (Brazilian Portuguese): The act of tenderly running your fingers through someone’s hair.

4. Retrouvailles (French):  The happiness of meeting again after a long time. This is such a basic concept, and so familiar to the growing ranks of commuter relationships, or to a relationship of lovers, who see each other only periodically for intense bursts of pleasure. I’m surprised we don’t have any equivalent word for this subset of relationship bliss. It’s a handy one for modern life.

5. Ilunga (Bantu): A person who is willing to forgive abuse the first time; tolerate it the second time, but never a third time.

Apparently, in 2004, this word won the award as the world’s most difficult to translate. Although at first, I thought it did have a clear phrase equivalent in English: It’s the “three strikes and you’re out” policy. But ilunga conveys a subtler concept, because the feelings are different with each “strike.” The word elegantly conveys the progression toward intolerance, and the different shades of emotion that we feel at each stop along the way. Ilunga captures what I’ve described as the shade of gray complexity in marriages—Not abusive marriages, but marriages that involve infidelity, for example.  We’ve got tolerance, within reason, and we’ve got gradations of tolerance, and for different reasons. And then, we have our limit. The English language to describe this state of limits and tolerance flattens out the complexity into black and white, or binary code. You put up with it, or you don’t.  You “stick it out,” or not.

Ilunga restores the gray scale, where many of us at least occasionally find ourselves in relationships, trying to love imperfect people who’ve failed us and whom we ourselves have failed.

6. La Douleur Exquise (French): The heart-wrenching pain of wanting someone you can’t have.

When I came across this word I thought of “unrequited” love. It’s not quite the same, though. “Unrequited love” describes a relationship state, but not a state of mind. Unrequited love encompasses the lover who isn’t reciprocating, as well as the lover who desires. La douleur exquise gets at the emotional heartache, specifically, of being the one whose love is unreciprocated.

7. Koi No Yokan (Japanese): The sense upon first meeting a person that the two of you are going to fall into love.

This is different than “love at first sight,” since it implies that you might have a sense of imminent love, somewhere down the road, without yet feeling it. The term captures the intimation of inevitable love in the future, rather than the instant attraction implied by love at first sight.

Read the rest over at Big Think

Creative Commons License photo credit: Nina Matthews Photography

Originally posted in February 2012

photo by: ildalina

The Power of YOUR Words

We’ve all gotten to where we are today because someone helped us along the way. My earliest recollection of someone who has made an impact on my life is Mrs. Perskinski, my kindergarten teacher.

I had a lot of friends in school and I was pretty social – as social as any 5-year-old social butterfly could be. But one day, I came to school filled with sadness. I was down right melancholy. Mrs. Perskinski knew something was wrong because I seemed depressed, despondent and different from my usual cheery demeanor. She asked me, “What’s wrong Toan? Is everything ok?” I told her, “I’m really sad.” She asked, “Why?” I told her that I saw on the news that another kid was shot and killed in my neighborhood and that made me really sad.

What she told me next changed the trajectory of my life forever.

She told me, “In life, we have choices, Toan. You can make bad choices and you can make good choices. If you make bad choices, then bad things happen to you. If you make good choices, good things happen.”

Looking back, I think she was trying to explain cause and affect, and the idea of karma — that the good choices beget goodness and bad decisions lead to bad consequences.

This was the earliest philosophical conversation that I can remember – it was also the first person, outside of my family that made an impact on my life. Words possess such power, for good and bad. So I learned to be careful how I use them.

Funny how I chose to become a TV reporter who would cover death and destruction on a daily basis for almost a decade. I’m glad to report that although I’m grateful for that experience, I’ve left the news biz and carved out

my own path

to inspire people -through storytelling and videos – to use their power (resources, talents and network) to help others.

Thanks Mrs. Persinski and to everyone who is using your words carefully to inspire the future.

I’m currently looking for Mrs. Persinski to thank her for the impact and life lesson she’s had on me. I’m sure there’s someone in your life you’d like to thank for shaping your journey for the good…

I’d love to hear what they did and who they are (I’m sure they the person who inspired you would like to hear from you too):




Staying Positive – No Matter What

 Saturday, 7/29

Staying Positive – No Matter What

“Is there anything more important than staying positive in these times, or in any times? It seems to be the lesson for so many of us nowadays. Having learned that our thoughts and words are the precursors to our daily, worldly experiences, we now know that keeping our attention on any negative, limiting, angry, doubtful or harmful thoughts takes us in the exact opposite direction from where we intend to go. 


With each day that passes, more of us are staying awake to that which we are creating with our everyday thoughts and words. We are remembering, when unserving thoughts come to mind, to go back to our original intention or vision: "I AM healthy, happy, abundant, perfect in every way, and so forth." Indeed, not only are we remembering to continue to call up our positive thoughts, we are also learning to trust in the Intention Process / Law of Attraction at a much deeper level than ever before. This is what is needed if we are going to remain uplifted in the days ahead.


You see, our souls, in their infinite wisdom, are arranging it so that we are having the exact experiences we need in order for us to reach our ultimate joy. At the same time, the chaos in the world is leading us to a strengthening of our resolve to hold steadfast to that which we truly desire to create for ourselves. As we are strengthened, we are rising up and out of the worldly turmoil and into the light of our own power: a power that sets us free from our past; a power that allows us to retain our emotional balance in any and all situations; a power that, when we stay positive long enough, cleanses our world and connects us to the knowledge of who we really are.”

–The Intenders of the Hihest Good

Steve Farrell

Humanity’s Team World Wide Coordinating Director


Make Word To Me

I heard a new word from a new friend, Zach. Custom composition is his full-time job, as the one-man maker, performer, and visual-literary artist behind “poemstore.” Zach crafts exquisite zips of curbside poetry on his manual typewriter for lucky passers by. Name the subject and Zach with architect you a poem, asking only for a donation and a photo of the poem for his website http://zachhouston.com

So, the new word: “Coinsequence” — when a coincidence happens in a sequence. Sort of like synchronicity on a spree. You dig? If you use it, please thank Zach and send him your story.
Here is mine…
It involves a poetry dinner that my buddy Ben hosts, in which he and I invite a handful of others who also love poems to gather, revel, and swap favorites. It’s invariably an eclectic and electric happening. I come away charged by the power of words and dazzled by the force of the current from which they flow. For me, putting a pile of poems in the center of the room has the same effect as a punchbowl laced with LSD. It opens, expands, lifts, and loosens separate selves enough to stir a sensation of collective consciousness. 
Is that what Ben, Zach, Jacqueline, Ana Teresa, Haley, Michael, David, and I experienced last Thursday? This I know: ‘twas groovy. One minute, we were sharing poems, and the next thing I see is Ben rolling out a cage full of bingo balls tattooed on the blank side with different pen-drawn words. We each selected one and started writing. From prompts like “paradise,” “change,” and “angst” our stuff sprung. These flash poems were in turn funny, sexy, profound, touching, weird – and they contained some rather obscure phrases and references that oddly enough mirrored one another and repeated in totally unexpected ways. Were we all on a similar wavelength? Clearly. Yet beyond that, I think perhaps coinsequence masks a deeper truth. Let me tell you why…
Five days later, in the weekly poetry circle that I host at an assisted living community, it happened again. We began in the usual way, catch-up talk, followed by me reciting poems. Then, Walt interrupted to say that he and Ray had spent the better part of the morning in discussion about our meetings. “We need to start writing more,” he declared, “not the whole time, but we should get our own thoughts and responses down, poetically.” Walt and Ray explained that all this poetry was unlocking their imaginations in a way that felt great. They wanted to release those ideas for themselves, but also to show others like them what poetry could do to revitalize and excite in ways that their weekly bingo games didn’t. Bingo is fun, they said, but this is something more potent and it needs to be shared. Jai Ho!
The other side of the bingo ball was again showing its face. And we started writing. And it was a marvel of an afternoon.
I had recited T.S. Elliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” at the beginning of our session. By the end of it, we had an answer to Prufrock’s overwhelming question: DO I DARE DISTURB THE UNIVERSE? 
Yes. Over and over and over. Coinsequence calls out to us everyday. 
Shout back. 
Explaining an Affinity for Bats
That they are only glimpsed in silhouette,
And seem something else at first – a swallow –
And move like new tunes, difficult to follow,
Staggering towards an obstacle they yet
Avoid in a last-minute pirouette,
Somehow telling solid things from hollow,
Sounding out how high a space, or shallow,
Revising into deepening violet.
That they sing – not the way the songbird sings
(Whose song is rote, to ornament, finesse) –
But travel by a sort of song that rings,
True not in utterance, but harkenings,
Who find their way by calling into darkness
To hear their voice bounce off the shape of things.
~ A. E. Stallings

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