New Year’s Intention

I have been struggling for a while to get my mojo, to get my spark back. I have had the last two weeks off from work and anything else productive and have used this time to sleep and vegetate. This is why it has been difficult for me in my holiday stupor to set any kind of goals for the new year.

Each time I thought about setting a goal, I knew in the back of my mind I would never accomplish it. There were a lot of “what ifs” rolling around in my head, but nothing that really stuck and took hold for me.

That is until Tamara’s yoga class on Sunday.

She suggested that instead of setting goals/resolutions for the new year that we think about our intentions instead. BOOM! There it was.

It seems so obvious, this change in semantics, doesn’t it?

I have been thinking about this since she said it. My intentions for the new year:

  • connection: I want to create more connections with people both in my social networks and in my non virtual life. I want to become a person who connects people to one another and feels a connected community with others. As cheesy as it sounds, I also want to build a stronger, more loving, connection with myself. I want to create deeper love that eminates out to the people I care about.
  • aliveness: Let me explain this one. I want to be better at ingesting things, both food and thoughts, that make me feel more alive rather than the opposite. If it doesn’t help me feel more alive, it goes. I have no room for it. Under this category I want to stick my handstand this year. I am getting close. Handstands are invigorating and make me feel alive, and I will do the other work to create the strength to do it.
  • grace: I wrote about this and explored it a lot last year. I want to continue my exploration of grace and gracefulness in the new year. I want to practice it with the people I care about as well as with myself.

The intentions I have set are exciting to me. They are gentle and they feel doable. Intention feels more like an invocation, an invitation, to bring something forward. It’s not rigid like a goal. Life isn’t black and white, so why set up our lives to be so rigid?

What are your intentions for the new year?

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