Defining Your Path for 2012

“The thought manifests as the word; the word manifests as the deed; the deed develops into habit; And habit hardens into character; So watch the thought and its ways with care, And let it spring from born out of concern for all beings… As the shadow follows the body; As we think, so we become.” ! From the Dhammapada

Over the course of the last two weeks, we have worked to release 2011, created a “ta da” list to celebrate, and chose a word for 2012. Throughout the month of January, we will work to define our path for the upcoming year, our Mt. Everest. In yoga tradition, Sankalpa is Sanskrit for intention. The yogis also recognize the power of intention as it directs our thoughts. I find one of the most powerful tools in setting my Sankalpa is to combine it with Yoga Nidra (one of the deepest forms of meditation). Rod Stryker’s Relax Into Greatness is my favorite yoga nidra cd.

As we work to set our goals for the upcoming year, remember these are not resolutions. I loved Christine Kane’s reminder that resolutions are about expectations and shoulds. We have already learned that getting sucked up in shoulds causes us to project into a future that has not yet unfolded. Setting intentions helps to direct and focus our energy into attracting more of what we want in our lives. Setting intentions and creating goals also helps us stay focused on the bigger picture as we get sucked into the details of daily life.

I use a 1 inch white binder to keep my workbooks & calendars in. Designing a pretty cover entices us into staying focused. You may choose a journal or notebook to keep your goals in. Use whatever will encourage you to continue to use it throughout the upcoming year. There are three areas we will work to set goals for this year: Body, Mind, & Soul.

What are your goals for your body this year?
It by no means has to be to achieve a size impossible. Some goals could be to introduce more organic foods into your life; Cut out sugar or caffeine; Become more curious as to your food sources, maybe follow where your food comes from; Walk twenty minutes three times per week or practice yoga twice per week. As you set your intention ask what you are working towards. If my goal is to lose twenty pounds I have already set myself up to fail because I am telling myself I am not acceptable as I am. The purpose of these goals is to invite greater awareness and kindness into our lives.

What are your goals for your mind this year?
(This is the area of learning and personal growth.) How will you challenge yourself mentally this year?)
Goals for this area might include looking for a new job; beginning a new business venture; reading 25 books this year; tapping into your creativity with an e-course or local art class

What are your goals for your soul this year?
What will you do this year to nurture your soul? What are the things you will do to honor your path (dharma)? We know we are following our path when there is an overall quality of peace and contentment. When there is a sense that something is wrong or about to go wrong, that is usually a cue that we’ve stepped off our path. What are the weekly/monthly rituals you will do to take care of yourself this year?

I would love to hear your goals and intentions for the upcoming year in the comment section below! I hope 2012 is ready for us because here we come:)

Om Mani Padme Hum

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