the llama blog
practicing yoga off the mat.
Cheers to 2019 – a new year, a blank canvas, 365 days to write your own story. I simply love New Year’s and the feeling of starting fresh and new. It’s a chance to set resolutions and make amends. It’s a time to let go and move forward.
Like many people who set a resolution or goal, I tend to set too many goals which many go unfulfilled. A few years ago, I stopped setting resolutions but instead themed my year around a word or phrase. Last year, I chose the word thrive. I learned that in order to thrive, I needed to be more present in my daily life no matter how difficult the day may be.
I found that setting intentions rather than goals helped me succeed. Phillip Moffitt said goals focus on a future outcome, while setting an intention is “a path or practice that is focused on how you are ‘being’ in the present moment.” Instead of setting a large goal of meditating 30 minutes a day, I chose to start with noticing. Noticing how I feel when I need a life preserver. Noticing my thoughts and reactions without any judgement.
I continued to add more intentions such as slowing down, listening with my heart and using all of my senses. These intentions became a way of life for me. They are now part of my personality. Intentions change how you interpret what comes into your mind. When my days seem full of frustration, I can still see the sun peeking from behind the clouds.
What word or phrase will you chose for 2019? Enjoy your days even more with intentions.