Wisdom : Right Intention
Praj˝ā : samyak-saṃkalpa

While right view refers to the cognitive aspect of wisdom, right intention refers to the volitional aspect, i.e. the kind of mental energy that controls our actions. Right intention can be described best as commitment to ethical and mental self-improvement. Buddha distinguishes three types of right intentions: 1. the intention of renunciation, which means resistance to the pull of desire, 2. the intention of good will, meaning resistance to feelings of anger and aversion, and 3. the intention of harmlessness, meaning not to think or act cruelly, violently, or aggressively, and to develop compassion. (From The Big View)

I like this definition of Right Intention as "The mental energy that controls our actions" and "commitment to ethical and mental self-improvement". It's all about your state of mind and your attitude towards the world around you. I just recently watched the 'movie' "The Secret". While its hocus-pocus explanations for things and its focus on material wealth was pretty disturbing to me (seeming to indirectly encourage rampant consumerism), one message in the film made sense in light light of Right intention... What you think will manifest itself in your life in unexpected ways. While my criticisms of the details of the film are many, this is fundamentally true. The Buddha is said to have stated "The mind is everything. What you think, you become." So to think compassionately, to be thankful, to intend no harm, all of these things become you. If you cultivate these thoughts, they will begin to drive your actions and the universe will respond in kind.

This is also a large factor in my decision to be vegan. Compassion and cruelty to any sentient being (animals included, directly or indirectly) are fundamentally incompatible. Beginning to cultivate a sense of good will in all that I do has had a transformative effect on my health, both physical and emotional, and my dietary decisions have been a large part of that lately. I can look my cat in the eye and not be haunted by the other animals that would have suffered were I to continue to have the harmful intentions manifest in decisions regarding diet.