Intention is powerful! It is a New Year tradition in our family to pick a word for the new year, one that we want to align to and that will remind us continually of our intention for 2018. This year, I found myself pausing on the word intention and contemplating it a bit. I decided to look it up and found the following interesting and intriguing definition:
DEFINITION OF INTENTION:
NOUN: a thing intended; an aim or plan.”she was full of good intentions”
MEDICINE: the healing process of a wound.
The medical definition of this word not only took me by surprise but struck a chord within me…”the healing process of a wound.” That is powerful, don’t we all feel like we are trying to heal the wounds from our past either physically or emotionally? In the medical world, there are three different healing kinds of intention, These also can translate to our yogic states of wounds & healing:
1.Primary Intention Healing – This occurs where the tissue surfaces have been closed. This can be with stitches, or staples, or skin glue (like Dermabond), or even with tapes (like steri-strips). This kind of closure is used when there has been very little tissue loss. It is also called “primary union” or “first intention healing.” An example of wound healing by primary intention is a surgical incision.
These are more like the little wounds we get to our ego and our feelings on a day to day basis. They are easily and frequently acquired and heal rather quickly with a little attention and care. Daily practice, self love, and thoughtfulness for others and ourselves can usually be effective cures for these wounds. They heal quickly, we learn and we move on.
2. Second Intention Healing – A wound that is extensive and involves considerable tissue loss, and in which the edges cannot be brought together heals in this manner. Secondary intention healing differs from primary intention healing in three ways:
The repair time is longer.
The scarring is greater.
The chances of infection are far greater.
These are the deeper wounds we receive physically and/or emotionally. These take time patience, more self-love, more self-care and deep forgiveness. When we don’t care for these wounds properly, we can end up sicker, weaker and vulnerable but these are also the wounds that leave scars, our memories of our pain, the ones that trigger reactivity and emotional response in our everyday. These are the wounds that we don’t forget, the ones that shape us good and bad, they ones lead us to self-protect, hide, avoid and cope.
3. Tertiary Intention Healing – This type of wound healing is also known as “delayed” or “secondary closure” and is indicated where there is a reason to delay suturing or closing a wound some other way, for example when there is poor circulation to the injured area. These wounds are closed later.Wounds that heal by tertiary intention require more connective tissue (scar tissue) than wounds that heal by secondary intention.
These are the wounds that stay open for while, that stay raw for a long time or that sometimes never heal quite right. These are the wounds that are so deep that we can’t begin to heal them without powerful connection, new growth and lots of love. These wounds that change us, damage us and alter us in some profound way along our journey. They show up in our reactivity with others, our bad habits and our coping skills.
No matter what your wounds, your intention on healing is key. It takes daily commitment and practice. This commitment is a choice, not a burden or punishment, keep reminding yourself of that fact. Consciously make a shift in your thinking to the place where you are making decisions and choices which support your intention fully and whole-heartedly. Healing takes time, patience and love.