Most yoga classes start with setting an intention and I always do. My intentions are always based on finding courage, self-acceptance, and focus but every time I’m knee-deep in the middle of a hot, sweaty twist (or what have you), I lose focus. I CAN’T HELP IT (I tell myself as I wipe the salt from my stinging eye or check whether I can see my abs yet in the mirror). Losing focus is fine. That’s why we set intentions and goals. They’re not SUPPOSED to be easy-peasy things to keep in mind and accomplish in the blink of an eye. Yet, why do I never come back to these intentions? I can’t even keep an intention through an entire yoga class so how the hell do I keep goals and such things through an entire month? Baby steps - little steps to surmount a mountain.
The mountain of intention this month of May is gorilla balls. It’s a term my good friend, Kirsten, lovingly gave to the courage, confidence, and self-connection it takes to unapologetically express your feelings. Why can I not connect with my own feelings? Why can I never talk about them? Why do I apologize whenever I do? I need to stop that. It’s terrifying but I need to open up more to… even just myself. I’m getting better at it. What’s more of a shining example than telling my boyfriend I loved him without expecting to get a declaration back? (Oof, that one still stings but still, THAT was the type of courage I typically lack.)
Now, the baby steps:
- love more selflessly
- refall in love with the post-running endorphins
- daily full Hanumanasana practice
- try an official CrossFit class
- stop eating dairy daily unless I want my guts to keep hating me
- keep up with 750words.com
- spend more time alone/with Luna cat to figure out what *I* want
- be open to adventure
- be a better aunt
- finish a book for fun (BONUS POINTS if the majority of reading time is in the sun)
- gaze at more stars
- tie more bow ties
Now I’m going to screen shot this bad boy and use it as a phone background so I don’t lose focus.
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- blissmanifesto said:I had a lot of growth when I set my intention to be joyful, to enjoy the class no matter how uncomfortable it became, and to enthusiastically embrace whatever awful thing the teacher would tell us to do. It worked so well for me.
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- geeky-yogini said:You’re stronger than you tell yourself :) <3 <3
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- nutrify said:love your goals!!
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- amy---ela said:Eesh, you have no idea how much I relate to this. I’m so glad you shared this and I’m going to be working on the same things this month.
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