Many of us love to set goals and aspirations for the New Year. Perhaps even resolutions. We live our lives checking tasks off lists, smashing goals and impressing ourselves with our never ending, busy to-do’s. What if instead, we set a one-word intention? I learned through a dear teacher and mentor Anahata Ananda to set a one-word intention before a breathwork ceremony. At first, I was perplexed, “but how do I narrow it all down to one word?!” Then I fell in love with the idea of a single word to focus an entire experience. The more we simplify, the easier it is to focus on and achieve. I know, I know, we all love to over-complicate things, but what if it could be even more simple?! Let’s not muddy up our precious intentions with even more jargon. Why not get straight to the point?
Intentions are a powerful way to create what you want. They’re different than goals, as they are focused on the present moment, and goals are focused on the future, specific tasks, and help you get things done.
“Goals are external achievements. Intentions are about the relationship with yourself and others.” -Donna Zajonc. Combining daily intention with a specific goal in mind is how we create in life.
Intentions are a powerful way to create what you want.
My one-word intention for the year is SPACIOUSNESS. I’m creating more space in my life for even more magic by:
- Allowing time for rest.
- Creating more space in my body through movement, yin yoga, dance and cleansing foods.
- Space in my schedule to just BE.
- Meditation to create nourishing space in my mind and explore my inner landscape.
- Time to explore and wonder in nature.
- Breathwork to allow for space to FEEL.
- Snuggling with my dogs.
- Clearing and creating more sacred space within my home sanctuary to nurture myself.
- Purging unwanted/unused items.
- Minimizing procrastination and simply getting the task finished.
- Saying ‘NO’ more than saying ‘YES’
- Maintaining clear boundaries with people and myself.
- Knowing my worth and asking for it.
- Limiting my time on social media and not mindlessly ‘scrolling’.
- Spending less time watching the news and other media outlets that cause stress.
- Listening to music that doesn’t create more stress. I love Binaural beats.
For most of my life I’ve stacked on the tasks. Running from place to place, commitment to commitment, with little to no time to simply do nothing in between. It’s my shadow side. “Busy B”.
With SPACIOUSNESS as my one-word intention for the year, I ponder how I will create more space. We cannot create more time in the day, but we can sure choose how to utilize our time in different ways. This list of how I can add more spaciousness into my life didn’t happen in one sitting. I’ve compiled these over a week or two and it will continue to build throughout the year. Keeping one word at our forefront will allow different ways in which to honor it, to come through.
You can see that with ONE WORD, we can each come up with many different ways in which to tend to our intention. I am not merely suggesting to only set one intention all year long, I am suggesting to have an overarching theme that you can build and cultivate your year with. How does that feel?
We cannot create more time in the day, but we can sure choose how to utilize our time in different ways.