January 3, 2014
A New Year With Intention
Happy New Year! As we have done the past several years, I invite you to choose an “intention” for the year. This will be your mantra for 2014, just one word to “hang out” with for the year. There are no goals, nothing to strive for, just a word to channel your energy around its meaning. Where your attention goes, your energy flows. There is no magic formula for determining your annual intention, just ask yourself what it is that you need more of in your life. One word.
Mine for the year is “Prana” (Life-Force). What this means to me is: Only feed my body with foods and things that provide good prana. Surround myself with people and experiences that nourish my prana, rather than take away from it. Remind myself of the importance and value of being filled with abundant life-force energy.
Last year, my intention was “Fitness”. The year before, it was “Music”. Some other ideas to offer: “Self-Care”, “Creativity”, “Balance”, “Celebration”, “Laughter”, “Surrender”, “Let go”, “Journal”, “Cherish”, “Gratitude”, “Love”, “Dance”, “Trust”, “Forgiveness”, the possibilities are endless! What do you need more of in your life?
If nothing feels natural and fitting, then maybe your intention for the year is simply “Open”, or “Listen”…the Universe will provide all that you need to hear or realize.
In a few months, your intention for the year may feel boring, and you may want to change it. This is when you know it is beginning to work! Keep it the same throughout the whole year. You will be rewarded by the power of single-pointed awareness of the energy that you have been generating and expanding into the Universe.
Each and every breathe is a new opportunity to connect with your mantra for the year. Say it to yourself with each breathe & throughout your day, when you sit for formal meditation, sit in traffic, stand at the checkout line, before surrendering to sleep, whenever you remember to. A new breath = a new opportunity to check in.
Here is a link to last year’s New Years thoughts: https://divineshantiyoga.wordpress.com/2012/12/31/being-present-happy-right-now-regardless-of-what-calendar-day-it-is/