When you set an intention, when you commit, the entire universe conspires to make it happen. - Sandy Forster
One of the unique aspects of yoga that takes it from physical exercise into a vehicle of emotional, mental and spiritual change is intention. At the beginning of my classes - and many, many others - students are asked to set an intention for their practice: a lesson to focus on for the next hour or so and, most ideally, take off the mat and into the rest of the world.
Intentions can be big or small, from being present or practicing forgiveness to simply remembering to breathe. Whatever the intention, the power created to manifest it is incredible.
Intentions aren't resolutions. Intentions aren't dreams. Not that either aren't great. In fact, both resolutions and dreams can set the course for our intentions.
What do I mean? Real life example coming at you hot:
About this time last year, my dream was to become a yoga teacher, and I was already accepted into my program. But I hadn't told people yet. That's right - the one thing I was most excited for, I was nervous to tell people about. I had become mute because I was so concerned with what others thought, and, meanwhile, I found myself getting buried in the opinions and goals of people around me. I lost my voice.
To start 2016 on the right foot, I took a New Year's Eve workshop led by Jozi Tatham about setting intentions and using a habit loop to create a reward for our behavior. My cue was a drive to find my voice and share my story with others. My new intention was to bring my thoughts to life in writing.
The reward? Well, you're reading it. I started this website a year ago, and while I may not write every single day and other days it's just a short blurb on Instagram, it all counts. It has all added up to me sitting in front of classes, sharing ideas and learnings from my heart, to me expressing if something or someone hurts me in a constructive, thoughtful way and even to me just telling someone I love them because there is no time like the present.
As your 2016 wraps and 2017 begins, I wish for you the opportunity to sit, reflect and manifest. Change is powerful, and it is entirely possible. Your intentions have the ability to make your biggest, boldest dreams come true.