“The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another.” ― J.M. Barrie
Sunday, December 29, 2013 ~ New Year’s Intention?
Reviewing the year that has passed, note what strengths you’ve cultivated (that you might continue to focus and build upon)…
FYI ~ Although addressing a different modality, the excerpt beneath seems relevant to almost any practice we choose to cultivate:
Often an instructor will invite students to silently set an intention for their practice at the beginning of class. Even when this doesn’t occur, or if you self-direct your practice, you can still take a moment to set your focus during class, as well as in your life. An intention can be a simple word you dedicate your practice to that represents a value you’d like to bring into your life. For example, love, trust, vulnerability, freedom from fear, openness, love, compassion, truth or tenderness. Powerful intentions directly address feelings you’d like to modify. Feeling weak? Set strength as your intention. Doubtful? Go with belief.
To be fully effective, intentions are not a once-uttered wonder. During your practice, perhaps during your most challenging pose (Wheel or Handstand, anyone?) call forth that intention, whether it be strength or belief in your abilities, and allow it to power you through the posture. In the same fashion, when you are having difficult moments in life, once your intention is set you’ll be able to call it forth when you need it, to guide your decisions and actions and base them on your values. Intentions give you a way to stay grounded and to connect with your true self, no matter what storms start brewing… (continues)
Setting a New Year’s Intention?
An intention for the new year might be drawn from skills we’ve explored during the past one, such as: 1) focusing on the further development of one’s capacity to view life’s circumstances through a needs-consciousness lens (see: needs sheet); or 2) attuning to a singular value or need throughout the year (savoring its complex, multi-faceted texture as a wine connoisseur might); or 3) consciously building on insight we’ve gleaned as we’ve explored the Matrix (or, alternatively, the Core Commitments); or 4) being mindful of the capacity to respond, rather than react, as when we’ve experimented with expressing integrated honesty; 5) perhaps most especially in challenging scenarios – which can be viewed as an opportunity to deepen our self-connection & intensity practice.
- Focused, set-aside practice/meditation time (e.g. upon awakening)
- In the transition between activities
- Throughout most of the day, during activities
Finally, setting an intention can be an opportunity to take a broader, panoramic view, such as the cultivation of an attuned awareness, whether through honing our subtle energy competency (of transparent communication) or fluency with forging connection perhaps utilizing the tool of connection-requests as to whether or not what one wished to convey has actually been received:
Message Sent-Message Received
The above diagram offers but one example of a New Year’s Intention (building on last week’s exploration of connection-request, i.e. being responsible for ‘message-sent/message-received’), however all of these are merely suggestions.
Look within and see what arises organically!