So, Exactly What Do You Mean By That?
Many of us move about our day, accomplishing tasks, meeting deadlines, maybe getting enough nutrition in our kids mouths to cover the parameters of good parenting, but few of us actually start our day with an INTENTION. That is to say, a purpose, a reason, a meaning behind all that we do. We may even end up looking back at the end of that particular day (or month, or year, for that matter), and think, “how the heck did I get here?! This is not what I wanted…” The practice of yoga allows us to turn inward, create some introspection, an awareness we call pratyahara, and really decide what it is we want to see for ourselves. Not just on Jan 1st, New Years Resolution style, but right here, right now, every time. Setting an intention before our yoga practice can really direct where our thought flow will lead, and it can be the difference between whether we will ultimately enhance our path of wellness, or perhaps continue to self-sabotage with judgment, doubt and fear. The intention doesn’t have to be large scale. We’re not talking world peace, here. Just something simple. Like, “Today I will be more mindful of what I eat”. Or, “Today I will treat myself with kindness and love”. Or how about my Guru’s favorite, “I will accept nothing less than the best for myself today”. Period. Done. Simple. We immediately begin to shift our focus, our attention, our energy to a higher ideal. What we feed grows!! So, what exactly are you creating and does that really align with what you want to see for yourself? Personally and as a Yoga Teacher at Yoga Shelter, I’m working on creating a calmer, more peaceful inside for myself every day. That begins with the intention of seeking a calmer more peaceful existence outside. Where Intention Grows, Energy Flows.
Have a great one, everybody.
Om Shanti. Namaste.
AUTHOR: Barbi Stalburg Bell