New Year’s Intentions (Yoga Style). ~ Susan Pease Banitt, LCSW

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on Jan 10, 2012
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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.

Eduardo Meza Soto

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.

Auntie P

#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.







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6 Responses to “New Year’s Intentions (Yoga Style). ~ Susan Pease Banitt, LCSW”

  1. Peter says:

    Wonderful Resolutions! I will work to incorporate these ideas into my life too.

  2. Amanda says:

    I agree wholeheartedly about the difference between intentions and resolutions. I didn’t make resolutions this year because they always feel too forced, like I’m trying to “fix” something within myself. However, following your list of intentions would enable abundant growth and change to enter your life, which is what I think we’re all really looking for in the end. Love it!

  3. LVC says:

    I had a student tell me their resolution was "To catch a fish and cook it myself for dinner." I love the idea of doing something new, for yourself, that is simple and joyous.

  4. Susan Pease Banitt says:

    Beautifully said. Simple and joyous.

  5. Susan Pease Banitt says:

    Yes to abundant growth and change, Amanda, thanks for the comment!