It’s hard to believe that January is almost over. The new year is always a good time to pause and reflect on how you are doing life: is it in line with what you need, want, and value?
For the past few years I’ve been picking a word to use as a guiding light for the year, and as I make choices, both professionally and personally throughout the year, I check in to see if those choices not only align with my values, but also with my word. Are the choices in support of the direction I want to ultimately go this year? This helps me to create and live my life more intentionally.
So often in yoga classes we are invited to set an intention for ourselves for the practice, but why should we stop there? Just as intentions to stay aware of the breath, or to move slowly and feel the transitions from pose to pose, or even to be kind and not push can shape the way we do and experience our yoga asana practice, so can they influence the way we do and experience our day-to-day life. Setting an intention for your day or even your year can help you become more aware of the choices you are making and the impact they have on you and those around you. They can deepen your experience of each moment and help you to stay more present.
When I think about intentions, I envision them as banks of a river, helping to steer us in the direction we want to go - they give us focus. When we create intentions from our hearts, they can reflect so much more our values. And as we begin to use them as guideposts, it becomes less about attaining anything and more about being guided by something deep and meaningful.
Two descriptions that have been resonating with me about intentions are:
“An intention is something you want to align with in your life.” from Melissa Eisler.
“They are powerful internal agreements that you make with yourself and then express through your actions, whether it’s in your relationships, work, or on your yoga mat or meditation cushion.” from Richard Miller.
So where do you start with all of this? One simple way is to find 15 minutes one day this week where you can sit quietly with yourself.
Finally, if you are willing to share your word on our Facebook page that would be great! Sharing your projects and making yourself accountable can have a really deep impact on following through!
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