Resolutions and Intentions, what’s your pick?

I love New Year! resolutionsIt’s the time for thinking about your life and deciding what can use some tweaking, if anything. Resolutions are all around us this time of year as seemingly everyone evaluates their life. This was always my favorite holiday growing up. The idea of a fresh start was appealing to me even when I was little and there was something magical with putting a new calendar on my desk and starting all over again. Possibilities were endless!

And so setting resolutions as I got older also came naturally. New Year is way better than waiting until Monday to start something, right? I mean, it’s a whole year! That brings some gravity to anything you resolve to do. It should be something grand and far-reaching. I would think of what I would want for the new year, and then give it my best shot… for a week or two, maybe a month. But you know how those resolutions go; you start strong, and putter out sometime in the spring. Or maybe that February school vacation throws you off. I’d feel guilty I could not accomplish what I wanted, give it few more tries, but ultimately decide that next year will be different and I’ll really stick with it. And the cycle of guilt and disappointment continued.

When I came across an idea of setting an intention, instead of a resolution, it was like a good friend giving me a hug and telling me that everything will be OK. I loved it! I would set an intention for the new year and then practice being gentle with myself, picking myself up after eventual falling off the wagon happened. It was lovely! I have learned a lot about myself and changed some things for the better as well. I would highly recommend you try setting an intention if all you’ve ever done are resolutions, and especially if you notice you can be a bit critical of yourself. Setting an intention of practicing appreciation for yourself and all you do is a great start!

So, what am I doing this year? Intention or a resolution? I am back to setting resolutions, but with a twist. I have learned to be gentle and kind to myself, most of the time, and now I can use a good old-fashioned kick in the rear. I have lost a bit of clarity without resolutions, and having two small children is a great recipe for being all over the place. I am craving my clarity and direction, and so I am going for “an aware resolution”. And if you are curious, my resolution is to shift the focus to myself and rediscover all the things that make me happy. This is a bit of a vague language, I know, and so I have some ideas I can draw from every day:

  • Practice meditation
  • Sing my favorite chants
  • Loving movement and stretching
  • Delicious herbal tea
  • Good, nourishing food
  • Time with the girls
  • Dates with my husband
  • Smiling
  • Connecting to my heart
  • Reaching out to others
  • Creating and being in community

What are you practicing this year? Resolutions? Intentions? I’d love to know!

Might be of interest

Yoga of Energy Flow Series

yoga of energy flow

yoga of energy flowI am very excited to be bringing this style of yoga to the North Shore! I really loved my teacher training and enjoyed practicing this style. I hope you’ll love it as much as I do.

Drawing from several yoga styles, such as Kundalini, Meridian, and Kali Ray TriYoga, Yoga of Energy Flow is a unique and transformative method that integrates strength and flexibility training, energy cultivation, and open awareness.

Kundalini Yoga activates prana/chi energy, and strengthens the nervous system. Meridian Yoga opens and balances the internal energy flow. TriYoga, a vinyasa style, cultivates the flow of internal energy into a beautiful flow of postures; it is the art of meditation in action. Yoga of Energy Flow integrates these three styles into one unified, transformational practice.

By paying close attention to the movement of the spine in transition between poses and uniting that movement with breath, a unique appreciation for the movement of energy is developed. Your awareness expands and meditative states become easier to achieve.

Olga Kaminsky is a certified yoga teacher, Reiki Master Teacher, and an herbalist. She has graduated Yoga of Energy Flow teacher training in 2010 and has been helping her clients and students find peace and mindfulness amidst the chaos of life. Her wellness studio, Eternal Balance, is located at Cummings Center in Beverly.

This class is appropriate for all levels and beginners are welcome.

These classes will be held at Susan MacFarlane’s Wellness Studio at 186 Cabot St., Lower Level, Beverly, MA.

We are building interest to make this a regular offering!

Our next class is on Friday, December 2 at 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm!

$18

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Quieting The Mind

quieting the mind meditation class

Do you know what I miss? Silence! Just being quiet without any extra noises, no beeping, no little chirps and sounds all our electronic devices make. I am craving the contemplative silence of peace and stillness. I need the space to think straight and a chance to organize my thoughts. What about you? Are you looking to cultivate some inner stillness?

Come join me in this experiential class where we will attempt to quiet the mind that likes to jump all over the place so much! We will run through some of my favorite methods rooted in my energetic knowledge, my love of Kundalini yoga and its practices, and we will conclude with, hopefully, delicious stillness of the mind.

Thursday, July 21, 7:00 – 8:30pm

$20 (or what you can)

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