I haven’t done resolutions in years, in part because I don’t like that word. Resolution. Squared shoulders, jutting chin, pole up your…spine resolution.
But coming into 2012, the year of much prophecy, the year of the Fire Dragon, I wanted to mark this year, so I created intentions.
Intentions are softer than resolutions. Intentions invite us into a dialogue with ourselves. Intentions honor our imperfection and humanity.
You can break a resolution, but not an intention. Intentions bend.
So, in the spirit of gentle yogic flexibility of the mind, here are my intentions for 2012. Maybe they will ring a gentle chord in you, and you can join me in them.
Have a blessed New Year.
#1: I vow to open my heart of compassion to myself and to others.
#2: I intend to spend 10 minutes twice daily in meditation and/or relaxation of body and mind.
#3: I will start a new diet of the mind, cutting back on the calories of unkindness and judgmentalism.
#4: I will feel all my feelings honoring their messages and their wisdom.
#5: I will give my body enough rest this year recognizing that it is of Earth subject to the laws and cycles of nature.
#6: I will honor creation by not defiling or polluting Earth. I will recycle and reuse to the best of my ability.
#7: I will bless my food before every meal maintaining awareness of its origins. I will not eat food produced with harm.
#8: If there is a problem with others in my life I will search inside myself for the cause setting boundaries as needed.
#9: I will become conscious of the blessings and limitations of money. I will give thanks for every show of abundance.
#10: I will work out my sense of humor on a regular basis learning not to take myself so seriously and to enjoy life!
Susan Pease Banitt, LCSW is a Harvard trained psychotherapist who has studied, taught and practiced yoga for over 20 years. She is the Board Chair for Street Yoga and maintains a private practice in Portland, Oregon. Her first book, The Trauma Toolkit: Healing PTSD from the Inside Out is being released on May 15.