A yogic “intention” is a wonderful way to create lasting, positive change. Instead of a New Year’s resolution that may be self-judgmental, try for a fresh start in 2020 like this:
1. First – Pick one thing you would like to change in 2020. For example – let’s take the most common New Year’s resolution – losing weight.
(A typical New Year’s resolution might be – This is the year I’m finally going to lose those last 5 pounds! No gluten! 45 minutes a day on the treadmill!)
2. Instead – rephrase the resolution gently, in the positive, present tense, as if it’s already true. For example, “I love feeling healthy and fit,” or “I enjoy movement and stretching.”
3. Repeat the intention to yourself each morning. You can simply say it once, or you can incorporate it as a mantra in a longer meditation practice.
4. One day, with regular practice, you will realize that your intention has come true, and that you’re ready to move on to a new intention.
The power of intention isn’t magic, but it’s practical and it works. Like the regular practice of Yoga, it has the power to bring positive changes to your life.
Here’s to a peaceful, healthy 2020!