How many times have you heard the saying “New Year, New Me”? Probably more times that than you care to count. Resolutions are set to lose weight, eat healthier, exercise more; but rarely do these resolutions have any depth or meaning.
Now, do understand that I think those are great goals. I mean, our physical health ties greatly in to our emotional health. Losing weight will decrease my risk for health complications and possibly improve my self-esteem. Eating healthier will provide the proper fuel for a physically healthy body and clear mind. And exercise will strengthen my vessel while providing those happy hormones to improve mood and decrease anxiety.
But, what if we could go beyond that. Beyond just skimming the surface. To not just set resolutions, but to focus on intentions.
“Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you. ” – L.R. Knost
The every day chaos of life can cause this funneling of monotonous movement through each moment, each day. Where we glide through each day in a zombie-like state, just taking the steps required, but not focusing on anything specific. We lose our compass toward happiness because we are too preoccupied with the worries of life. We don’t allow ourselves to be here now.
Make goals or resolutions if you wish, but I invite you to do something more; to go one step further and set intentions. To get clear, laser your focus, feel each emotion, and be present in each moment.
With the start of the new year, I vow to actively practice loving myself, to accept where I am today, to embrace change, finding a sense of pride in my ability, to appreciate all things (especially the little things 😉 ), to be present in the moment, and do all things with intent.
What will be your intention this year?