Love Yourself First
Give yourself the love and respect you truly deserve.
Maybe you’ve been here before: you set a resolution for the new year, stick with it for a few days or weeks, and by the time spring rolls around you have already “failed” at keeping your resolution.
Why does this happen? When setting resolutions, it’s natural to fixate on something we consider problematic or negative about ourselves. We want to eat less of something (sugar, carbs, meat, etc.), do more of something (exercise, sleep, socialize), be more or less of something (more outgoing, less negative, the list can go on).
The main message we're sending ourselves - who we are isn’t enough. I don't know about you, but I don't want to start my new year, by telling myself I'm not enough. I'd prefer a message of "You've got this!"
When our resolutions fall by the wayside, which research has proven that they do, we’re left feeling a little bit like we failed…and that we’re still, somehow, not good enough, in spire of all of our efforts.
Intention setting, on the other hand, is different. In the practice of yoga, we set an intention at the start of class. Sometimes this is guided by the instructor, but we are always free to choose one thing to focus on to help keep us present in the moment. In a yoga class, that can be anything from letting go of self judgement to cultivating gratitude to sending energy to a specific person in our life. At the retreat, we encourage our guests to set an intention for their retreat, based on the belief that an intention creates a deeper retreat experience.
Whatever your intention is for the new year, consider it less about making yourself "better" and more about living in a way that feels better to you and others.
For the new year, an intention can be both specific and global. You can set an intention, for example, to practice non-attachment. Meaning each day, you make a conscious effort to let go of attachment to the small incidents that crop up throughout the day and cause frustration. This intention can also allow you to make a conscious effort each day to let go of a past struggle or challenge that may be holding you bac
Examples of intentions
At Retreat in the Pines, we encourage the practice of setting intentions rather than setting New Year’s resolutions. Our yoga instructors and retreat hosts have a heart to help you cultivate a sense of contentment and living better, rather than thinking you need to be better. Take a look at our upcoming retreats. We’d love to welcome you to our community.