Just trust yourself, then you will know how to live. - Goethe
The transition of one year to the next is one that has always been difficult for me. So many past New Year’s Eve celebrations were shrouded in the gloom of the upcoming diet I was terrified to begin the next day. So many January’s were full of disappointment, anxiety and shame. So much unease lived within me as I did what society deemed the right thing to do, all the while ignoring the whispers from my heart telling me how very wrong it was.
I swore off New Year's resolutions years ago. Instead of restrictions and deadlines with unattainable goals, I will gracefully step into 2018 with a heart centered plan to do what is right for me...what I know in my soul will soothe and comfort and support my beliefs and aspirations.
In my classes, I often talk about scared space and how important it is for each of us to have sacred spaces, both physically and emotionally. While setting my intentions for 2018, I asked myself several questions posed by Rachel Brathen in her podcast From the Heart - Conversations with Yoga Girl.
What were my challenges in 2017?
Where is there space for me to heal, evolve and grow?
How can I make space for what I need in my life?
What do I want more of in my life in 2018?
How do I want to walk through life?
And my favorite...how much love can you pour your own way?
The difference between intention setting and making resolutions, to me, is that the intentions you set layout the groundwork for how you want to life your life while resolutions are typically short term goals that are often body centered or derived from a place where you think you are not good enough as you are and must change in some way to move forward. Intention setting is very personal and is much deeper work while resolutions are often superficial and fleeting.
I am sharing the intentions I have set for myself, in the hopes that it might inspire you to create your own version of peace in the New Year. The important thing to remember is...there is no right or wrong way...there is only your way.
Take a few moments to close your eyes, quiet your breath, and inquire within. Forget what the world is screaming at you to do and listen to your heart. You can never go wrong when you follow where it is leading you.
MY 2018 INTENTIONS
Space to Move Joyfully
I will move my body to celebrate what it can do, not to punish it for what I ate or try to change it in any way. I will joyfully embrace what my body allows.
Space to Nourish
I will eat real food, most of the time. I will fuel myself with whole foods, but joyfully accept the celebratory slice of birthday cake!
Space to Breathe
I will meditate, most days. I will take time to breathe and recognize that this replenishes me.
Space to Feel
I will reflect on my feelings through journaling and allow them to surface so that I may heal and move forward seeking joy.
Space to Give and Receive
I will be of service to my community. I will also allow myself to be supported when I am the one in need.
Space to Create
I will use artistic expression as a form of emotional release.
And finally, I will give myself the gift of time. January will be spent as a time of restoration for me...mind, body and soul. I will limit my time on social media (therefore limiting my exposure to the "New Year New You" advertising and the shameful posts of resolutions broken). I will not teach yoga this month so that I can be the student as I participate in a 30 day home yoga challenge. And, most importantly, I will set the stage for the rest of my year, quietly stepping into the 2018 I am envisioning...one of quiet and peace and belonging and joy.
Happy New Year to each and every one of you!
May your 2018 be exactly as you intend it to be.
Remind yourself that you cannot fail at being yourself.
My 2018 Word of the Year is TRUST