This thread is open to all. It is a place to discuss what happens when you determine to follow a set of principles to guide your mind and heart. All are included. I am a Buddhist. I have certain vows and promises I have made. I start out in the morning with a positive intention to follow them, and I seal that with prayer and meditation. Then throughout the day I check to see if I am on or off the intention. In the evening I do a mental inventory to see how I've done. I rejoice in my virtue, and I acknowledge and regret where I've lost it. I purify those mistakes with meditation practice and reset my intention. What do you do? What challenges do you find in holding to a positive intention of any kind?