End of Year Reflections and Intentions, Part 1

My last 2 blogs of 2017 will be devoted to reflecting on 2017 and looking ahead to 2018.

I never like to make new years resolutions as I have always had the belief that resolving just sets us up for failure.  Instead, I like to make new years intentions;  the stakes don’t seem as rigid or high and it allows for a bit of leeway.  That being said some of my intentions below for the upcoming year 🙂

I Intend to be mindful

It is hard to be immune to “losing our mind(fulness)”!  We go through the motions of life without even thinking what we are doing, we rush from here to there, and we barely take time to stop and smell the roses.  We act without thinking, and we think without acting.  One of my intentions for 2018 is to continue to develop my ability to live more mindfully,  focusing on the important things in life and culling out the rest.

I intend to be at ease

Ease is a state of being and mind that often escapes us.  We intend to have it and to be it, and then something happens and it evaporates ‘poof.’  It is very easy (pun intended) to allow some external event or happenstance to sabotage our ease, but it is just as simple to find it once again.  The breath is a wonderful way to bring our ease back  Consider the following:

Your day is going along quite swimmingly, you are getting stuff done and not a lot of hiccups.  Then all of a sudden you realize you have missed a very important deadline…Your heart starts to flutter…panic sets in..and your easy mood takes a quick turn.

If this has ever happened to you, it brings a sinking feeling and one of the first casualties when this state of mind comes about is the breath.  When we experience stress or anxiety the breath usually changes and may in fact even briefly disappear, become erratic, etc.

My intention for the new year is to continue working with the breath as a vehicle to bring more ease into my body and my life.  A breath practice can be as simple as pausing, and taking a few deep breaths allowing ourselves to re-center and re-focus, or it may be as elaborate as bringing a yoga breath practice (pranayama) into our lives…all for the sake of ease.

A new year is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on our lives and examine any changes that we may be hoping to make.


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