Post written and contributed by HereNowYoga lead teacher, Kim Drye.
An intention, in the yogic sense, is set with an AWARENESS and ACCEPTANCE of where/who you currently are, a SURRENDER to all that is unknown and a direction set to move "forward" (what is forward, anyway?) with TRUST + ATTENTION, all while letting go of results.
This business of living an intentional life can be hard to grasp-- we turn the practice into setting goals/resolutions based on what we don't want, or instead seek to force our desires into fruition.
Intention is never forceful.
Pause to feel the flow of the world around you, within you. How can you move into that flow and towards a clearer realization of your own potential?
We are often most afraid at our own vastness and ability to transform.
You are powerful beyond your own understanding. Look within and set your personal intention on the path towards continuous transformation.
Each intention is like a North Star, to keep you walking the path. Consider what will guide you home-- not what is missing, but what is it you seek to find?
My intention for 2017 is self-care. I spent 2016 teaching my heart out in Birmingham, AL. I came home to Asheville two months ago, drained and sad.
For two months I've given myself a break-- I've started seeing a counselor, dived back into practice, put my own self-care above the intense drive to move and do I find it hard to stifle. For two months I've let myself be more still, let myself sit with the uncertainty of what is next and wait for clarity. I've meditated on what is most important and I see now that I haven't really considered my own self as being that important.
Not all is clear for the next chapter in my life, but I am more accepting of that uncertainty and it's helping me move forward toward what I consider the main purpose in life-- to be a light of compassion and warmth for those who are suffering.
In 2017, I intend to consistently reignite the flame within myself, to connect to and tend my inner fire.