Intentions, Sophie and the Sea

It’s common at the start of a yoga class to set an intention for the day’s practice.

Different from a goal, which is something you work toward with a focus for the future, an intention is meant to give you a focus in the present.

Bruce Black, from Writing Yoga with Bruce Black, explained it far better than I ever could …

“… setting your intention is like drawing an arrow from the quiver of your heart.

You aim the arrow at a distant target, a reflection of your heart’s desire, and with care and mindfulness release the bowstring.

And as the arrow flies toward the target, it draws your heart toward its destiny.”

My intention was set; my arrow aimed at first-born (Sophie) who becomes troubled when I leave for my Friday night trips away (an unhappy agreement made during mediation to give her father more time to parent without my ever-presence).

She cries as I leave, and as I jump into my car and drive away, I can’t help but wonder for how long she feels the pain of my departure.

There is nothing I can do to ease her pain when I’m gone.

At the end of yesterday’s class, prior to a deeply personal moving meditation and an awfully good time spent upside down in playful inversions, the class returned to our backs for quiet savasana.

As proof that I’d set the right intention, the prettiest song came through the speakers above my head; a version of Sea of Love I hadn’t ever heard.

For Sophie I’d set my intention. Now and forever, Cat Power’s Sea of Love will be our song.


Do you set intentions off of the mat? Does a particular song remind you of someone you love?

11 thoughts on “Intentions, Sophie and the Sea

  1. Whenever I hear one of my kids’ favorite songs from when they were young, I’m immediately taken back in time. My teenager used to love Will Smith songs when he was 2 and 3 years old. Not sure why, but since it was clean rap, I let him listen to it. Now whenever I hear the song “Miami’, I think of when my son was little and would ask, “Play Miami song, Mommy, play Miami song.”

  2. This tugged at my heart so. My youngest has the hardest time saying goodbye to me on Sundays when she visits her dad. It’s not that she doesn’t love every minute with him – I think it’s that they are so very sad that they have to have a “visit day” versus the nuclear family we used to be. I DO have songs for my kids – at least my girls. My son is too much of a “dude” for that!

    1. I talked to Sophie about the post last night and taught her the words to Sea of Love. I told her she can sing it while I’m gone. We’ll see how it works …

  3. This is a beautiful post my friend. I love that explanation of setting an intention and how you set your intention for Sophie. I strongly associate music/songs with different people and places and times in my life. It can bring me back in an instant.

  4. I just found your blog thorugh HappyFitMama’s. What a lovely post. You write beautifully. I really love that Bruce Black quote, so poignant. Sweet Home Alabama always reminds me of the summer I fell in love with my now husband (I was 19 at the time). He played it on his guitar, I sang. We barely knew each other back then; just trying to get each other’s attention.

    1. Thank you for such a nice compliment! And thanks too for the comment about your husband and Sweet Home Alabama. What a great song. I’ll think of you two the next time I hear it! 🙂

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