Working on a second book for John Assaraf, I was doing a little research today on the word “intention,” and discovered a few fascinating points.
The word intention literally means “to stretch in a certain direction.” It comes from the Latin tendere, meaning “to stretch,” and is related to the Sanskrit tantram, meaning “loom,” as well as the Persian tar and the Greek tono, which means “string” and therefore also “sound” or “musical note.”
So, put that together:
To create an intention around a thought is to take that thought and stretch it out like the threads of a loom and weave a picture of the future—to stretch it out like the string of a musical instrument and play the melody of your heart’s desire.
Suddenly, it’s a beautiful word, isn’t it? Intend.
Bonus point in the “food for thought” dept.: The word “goal” is thought to derive from the Old English word gal, which means “barrier” or “obstacle.”