For the New Year, Set Intentions, Not Resolutions
January 1, 2019
January 3, 2020
Self Care

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 chatty, the list can go on); and all of these resolutions seem to indicate that who we are isn’t enough. And when those 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

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 class, that can be anything from letting go of self judgement to cultivating gratitude to sending energy to a specific person in our life who needs a little extra. We encourage our guests to set an intention for their retreat, believing 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 back.

Some examples of intentions include

  • Practice mindfulness
  • Spread kindness
  • Cultivate peace
  • Nurture gratitude
  • Find balance with self-care

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.

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Theresa believes ALL women should be able to live life on their own terms. In 2004, she created Retreat in the Pines to give women the space to embrace their authentic self.

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