I detest the idea of trancendental meditation, the idea of clearing your mind or focusing intention on ourselves. I was never comfortable with it, even when I tried it many years ago. Now, in my maturity as a Christian, I detest it. I believe we think way too much about ourselves as it is and that when we empty our mind, any fool can walk in and make a home there. Maybe I am the only one, but if I do not have a focus actively, intentionally on Yahweh, Almighty God, I am easily tempted to dwell on things I should not or even worse, myself. It is much wiser to contemplate God intentionally, to ponder His Word, written and living. We must constantly “take every thought captive” for the sake of Christ we serve and represent. ❤
God says in the Bible that He sees the heart of a person. We are responsible for what we think about all the time, what fills our heart, our intentions. We may have good intentions but it is misinterpreted. We still did good by meaning well. It really is the thought that counts to God. Our actions matter too. Our actions are actually an extension of our intentions. Intention precedes action. This is what God means when He says that out of the abundance of the heart thr mouth speaks. Speaking is an action as much as physical work. Both are the fruit, the proof of the good of your intentions and heart.
I used to hear this word “intentions” captured by humanism and various other Eastern religions but I want very much to explain that they do not own this word. It is a very good word that they use for a different purpose, as in to focus on calm or clear the mind or other seemingly worthy causes. But God and I do not mean this. It is very dangerous to clear one’s mind- makes a blank slate for evil to slip in. The whole idea of having good intentions is the idea of inputting truth from God’s Word, the Bible, and having that truth and a desire to please God bubble over into desiring or willing to please God so much you intend to do something good for God or someone He made as an act of worship. This is the pure and blessed form of intention I am speaking of. This is so beautiful it is glorious. And God honors it. ❤