Using Intentions in 2019
The definition of “intention” – a thing intended; an aim or plan. Example “she was full of good intentions”
With the month of January in full swing, we can start to feel bombarded and pressured into trying to ‘improve’ ourselves for this year. With endless articles and adverts telling us how to stick to our New Years Resolutions, we can end up staring the January Blues straight in the face sooner than we would have liked.
In my first few classes of 2019, I spent a little bit of time talking about intentions and inviting everyone in the sessions to set an intention for this year. Intentions are different than resolutions, there is no lofty goal setting and we don’t end up holding ourselves to ransom if we don’t overcome a bad habit right away. By affirming an intention on our mats at the start of the practice, we can gently delve inward to find what we are hoping to attract, manifest, or cultivate into our lives. We can use them as a way to help us connect to our purpose, and we can remind ourselves of them day after day. For example, an intention you may have might be to; pause and listen more, or to be compassionate and loving towards yourself and others. Or maybe there is a trait, quality, or, virtue you’d like to create such as; peace, freedom, kindness, respect, grace, vulnerability, forgiveness etc. A way of finding an intention that truly feels right for you may be to ask yourself, “What would I like to change this year within myself, and how can this change positively affect others?”
Intentions are different than resolutions, there is no lofty goal setting and we don’t end up holding ourselves to ransom if we don’t overcome a bad habit right away.
Remembering whenever you are reaffirming or going over your intention, to let it be positive, leaving behind all negative resentments or habits of self-loathing. So instead of thinking ‘I want to be able to deal with my annoying [insert offensive word here] co-worker better’, adapt it to ‘I will try to face difficult work situations with kindness and understanding’. Or instead of ‘To stop being such a stupid coward’, to ‘I will find courage when I feel tested’. Planting this little positive seed at the start of this year will help us build greater awareness of ourselves as we watch it germinate and grow over the months to come. The practice of yoga creates a strong sense of awareness in body, mind, breath, inner self and emotions. Awareness is the key to being in the present moment where everything resides.
For me, I’m intending on finding more compassion and love for others who I feel at times cause me anger and frustration. To let every word and action come from compassion and kindness, no matter who I am facing. I am also aiming to let go of fear being a controlling factor in my life and to remain calm no matter the outcome. As I mentioned earlier these are not goals but something I can use as gentle reminders daily to make interaction with others and myself a little nicer.
So maybe find a few moments to create an intention that resonates with who you are and what you need to call into your life.