There are a variety of traditions that celebrate the December holidays, but no matter our tradition or religion, most of us celebrate the New Year. Along with celebrating “out with the old, in with the new” (especially this year!) the New Year brings with it the opportunity to recognize accomplishments and challenges from the previous year. It’s also a natural time to reflect on our values and priorities and provides us with a fresh opportunity to realign our lives with our soul and purpose. And coming on the heels of 2020, we could all use a little realignment!
This year, in lieu of a resolution, I am setting an intention. An intention is a deliberate vision, purpose, or attitude you aspire to, matched to your deepest sense of self. Intentions are rooted in our hearts and souls and can serve as a guiding light for how we live, to be revisited and reaffirmed throughout the year. After a year like 2020, having a soul-centered guiding light is just what I need. How about you?
An intention is a directed impulse of consciousness that contains the seed form of that which you aim to create.Depak Chopra
Even if setting a New Year’s resolution is your tradition, you can first set an intention as a theme to connect your resolution with your values and purpose. This can help your resolution feel more deliberate and personal. Consider intention setting as a dynamic practice that helps to keep us living in alignment with our values, with a mindful eye on meaning and purpose.
Intention setting has its roots in ancient yoga and Hindu philosophy and is a regular part of many yoga practices. Personally, I set an intention in my yoga practice as a way to focus my purpose and spirit for the day and turn my physical yoga into a devotional practice. Setting an intention for the year comes from a similar place. The classic Vedic text known as the Upanishads says “You are what your deepest desire is. As your desire is, so is your intention. As your intention is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.”
A New Year intention can be something more thematic and less measured than a resolution, giving you the flexibility to adapt your actions and decisions to better support your intention as time goes on. Depak Chopra has some strategies for setting intentions here. And here are some sample intentions to get your creative juices flowing:
•I will seek more joy.
• I will create more ease in my life.
•I will increase my awareness of abundance in my life.
•I will build positive energy in my life.
•I will honor myself.
•I will nurture my health and well-being.
Once you settle on an intention, you can then set strategic goals, build new habits, make decisions and nurture relationships that support this intention, using it as a check-and-balance throughout the year.
Let’s welcome in the New Year from a place of hope, vision and renewal — and say “So long!” to 2020.
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