Remembering Intentions

The fol­lowing sen­ten­ces help me to inte­gra­te my values and sup­port me in brin­ging an atti­tu­de of non­vio­lence into every aspect of my life.

When I noti­ce that I am unab­le to do what I deeply wish to do with respect to my heart inten­ti­ons, I want to seek sup­port from other peop­le to rese­arch the obsta­cle. And I invi­te mys­elf to see my request for sup­port as a gift.


Heart pray­ers for mys­elf 
1. I want to meet mys­elf, my actions and decisi­ons, my inner con­flicts in an open and non-judg­men­tal way, with com­pas­sio­na­te understanding.

2. I want to be com­pas­sio­na­te­ly pre­sent for my fee­lings – plea­sant and unplea­sant ones.

3. I want to unfold my poten­ti­al ful­ly and I want to accept with com­pas­si­on my fear to stand in the light.

4. I want to take respon­si­bi­li­ty for my fee­lings and needs as well as for my decisi­ons and actions – espe­cial­ly in chal­len­ging times.

5. I want to take good care of my spi­ri­tu­al and phy­si­cal wellbeing.

6. I want to honor my bor­ders and respect the wis­dom of my body.


Heart pray­ers for others 
7. I want to meet peop­le with love, espe­cial­ly in chal­len­ging moments of my life.

8. I want to trust in the inno­cence of peop­le, espe­cial­ly when I do not under­stand their words or actions or if I am fear­ful about what I hear or see.

9. I want to hold a rela­xed pre­sence when mee­ting strong fee­lings or judgments — of other peop­le and myself.

10. I always want to honor with gra­ti­tu­de all oppor­tu­nities to give. I want to prac­ti­ce gene­ro­si­ty, even when my resour­ces seem limi­ted to me.


Heart pray­ers for the inter­ac­tion with others 
11. I want to express mys­elf in a vul­nerable and authen­tic way and rela­te to others and mys­elf in a mind­ful and com­pas­sio­na­te way. I want to melt down my shame, expand my fee­ling of self-worth.

12. I want to see the gift in the feed­back of others, in order to learn and grow.

13. I want to be able to chan­ge my inte­rests in dia­lo­guue, no mat­ter how important my inte­rests seem to me.

14. Even when the­re are many obsta­cles in a par­ti­cu­lar rela­ti­ons­hip of mine, I want to remain open to sol­ve the pro­blems with the sup­port of others.


Heart pray­ers for all of life 
15. I want to open my heart for the abundance and uni­ver­sal con­nec­ted­ness of all life, even when I expe­ri­ence sepa­ra­ti­on or deep isolation.

16. Even when faced with immense chan­ges, gre­at mis­for­tu­ne or deep disap­poin­tents, I want to keep open with respect to life.

17. I want to nou­rish gra­ti­tu­de for the gifts of life, even when I expe­ri­ence deep sorrow.


© John Gather 2019 – sum­ma­ri­zed and adap­ted from an ear­lier ver­si­on of the Core Commitments by Miki Kashtan – See: