As 2010 came to its close, I attended a beautiful intention-setting and meditation event at the yoga studio to which I belong. I had already created a number of intentions in my heart for the new year, and even shared a few of them here, but I attended this communal session to more deeply commit to my desires and to offer them up in a ritualized way. The gathering did not disappoint, proving to be a truly lovely afternoon of writing intentions, lighting candles, meditating, and chanting.
Since Saturday birthed this new year, I have been embracing my wishes for living into the best version of myself. I’ve begun reading more and watching less by delving into new books I’ve gathered, including Liz Lamoreux’s Inner Excavation and Mark Nepo’s The Book of Awakening. I sat down Sunday afternoon in my studio/office space at home, curtains opened to allow the longed-for sun to shine, a glass of red wine poured, pen in hand, and slowed down to write a letter to a dear friend. And I set a January challenge for myself.
While I created my intentions for this year, I noticed that mind-body-spirit made it’s way onto the page. Again. For at least the second year, if not the third. I’ve struggled over the years to maintain a consistent connection with my body, a holistic connection that is, incorporating my spirit and not simply aimed at “burning calories.” My yoga practice has waxed and waned during the past 7 years, including a 2 year complete hiatus. However, 2010 yielded glimmers of hope in my return to yoga, with *some* steadiness in attendance and practice throughout the year. Yet, I want to more fully honor this intention that keeps showing itself time and again as I close the chapter on one year and begin the next. Thus, I’ve created a “January Yoga Journey:” I am challenging myself to practice yoga every weekday for this month. I want to engage in this experiment, to commit to a focus on mind-body-spirit through yoga, for one month–a realistic goal, I think. And then I want to simply observe what emerges. How will I feel? Will something in my life, internally or externally, have shifted over the course of the month? Will I see with new eyes? Will I want to continue this JYJ into February (and then what would I call it?!)?
I was fearful of sharing this challenge with you, but I know all too well that telling others about your goals helps to manifest them. Today is Day 2 and I’ll keep you posted as this journey unfolds. Do you have a challenge you’ve set for yourself? Want to share it?