The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.
Don’t let the fear of shocking someone stop you from taking the jump
who cares if you can touch your toes if you can’t touch your heart?
Many successful people are successful because of the goals they set and work towards. Setting goals and having the ability to work towards in order to achieve them is a valuable skill set. At the start of most yoga sessions, the instructor will invite you to set intentions for your yoga practice. This is an opportunity to set goals for yourself in your physical practice, your mind set, or to dedicate your practice to a particular emotion you are feeling or even a negative emotion which you would like to eliminate or lessen. Now, there is a difference between setting goals and setting intentions. While goals are more future oriented, intentions are more about making a commitment to living in a way that aligns with your inner values. Setting intentions allows you to gain a sort of mental footing that allows you to establish a frame of reference that is more meaningful that simple goal-oriented activity. The goals may still guide you and help in your effectiveness, but the intentions provide the unity in your actions and thus increasing your ability to be effective.
I am returning to my practice and this blog after a bit of a break. With this has come the new design implementation. For me yoga is about creating a strong foundation for myself and I wanted the redesign to reflect the feeling of vitality that yoga gives me. What better way to represent that than with fresh, living grass. Also, with my return, I am bringing a greater focus to what the difference is between my intentions and my goals. I will be starting a new job in a week, which represents an exciting career change, so it will be more important than ever to stay grounded and focused on both my intentions and goals. I will admit the difference between intentions and goals still remains a little fuzzy, but perhaps we can explore this together. Here are some intentions and goals for the next month as well as a couple more long term goals:
Long term goals
While some of my goals and intentions are a bit vague for my own privacy, I think it is best to be as specific as possible in goals while the intentions may be a bit more qualitative. What sorts of intentions do you set for yourself? Do you use goals to focus your actions? How do you feel about the difference between setting intentions and setting goals? I would love to hear your thoughts and any feedback you might have!