It's a popular term in yoga classes, "set your intention", but what does it mean? I think of it as aiming towards a commitment to focus and return to a certain thought. This thought can be encapsulated in a word or phrase that will help me cultivate a frame of mind or emotional state. If I want to lessen stress, I can "set an intention" to invite relaxation and release tension. Or I can simply decide to focus on being present through the silent repetition of the word om. I remind myself to come back to this word or phrase intentions over and over again during my asana practice. It helps build focus and clarity of mind while I enjoy a physical practice.
Instead of trying to set goals this year or a goal oriented New Years Resolution, I am setting a list of intentions for this New Year.
Body: Meditate 5 minutes minimum/Asana Practice 20 minutes minutes
Soul: Express gratitude
Publish to my blog
Take a yoga class
Continue writing my children + family yoga teacher training manual
Publish an article
Publish a short yoga how to video
Take an indulgent bath or go to a sauna.
How do you want to live this one precious lifetime minute by minute, hour by hour?