Intention vs. Resolution

Thursday, January 10, 2019

You are two weeks into January and already starting to lax on your New Year’s Resolution. You just know that by the time February rolls around that your resolution will become something to maybe visit again in the Spring because it will be easier then… or perhaps next week or next month when the timing is better “to achieve it.” This is a very common tale for people of all ages, sizes, and backgrounds. A very common tale. It’s a story that we re-write year after year, thinking that the ending will somehow be different this time.

 

According to WikiDiff, the definition of Resolution is: 

Noun

(en noun)

·  A strong will, determination. 

·  The state of being resolute. 

·  A statement of intent, a vow. 

·  The act of discerning detail.

 

Whereas the definition of Intention is:

Noun

(en noun)

·  A course of action that a person intends to follow.

 

Even in the simplest of terms, the definition of intention, resonates within me. It uses the word "course" - implying that there's a journey involved - a journey I intend to be on, not just this year, but perhaps, always. It doesn’t sound so hard to do, right? After all, we set intentions all the time in yoga class and end up feeling refreshed and hopeful after we roll up our mat. So what if this year, we made a New Year’s Intention, rather than a Resolution?

 

The Sanskrit word for intention is Sankalpa, which implies soul growth. A good intention nurtures your consciousness and raises your awareness. It is a positive call to action about something you want to do, rather than something you don’t want to do, but feel that you “should.”

For example:

 

Resolution: Lose 20 pounds 

(because if I don’t, I won’t fit in my dress, I will be the fattest of my friends, I won’t be able to run in that marathon, etc.)

 

Intention: I will treat my body with respect today. I will nourish it with good food, exercise, and rest.

(because I deserve it.)

 

Setting an intention is about giving us focus and meaning to our lives. It is all about attitude towards what we want to transform or change. The great thing about setting intentions is that you can do them daily, weekly or monthly. Unlike New Year's resolutions, intentions are meant to used as a daily tool, not as a means to an end. When we realize that our past resolutions were supposed to be of a higher nature – a daily mindset – a boundless purpose  – the Universe works hard to not only manifest it, but to keep it in your stream of consciousness.

 

How to Set an Intention:

  • Sit silently.
  • Fold your hands and bring awareness to your heart.
  • Relax, breathe deeply.
  • Keep your intention simple.
  • Express your intention without judgement or expectation.
  • Release your intention to the Universe.
  • Trust with complete faith that it will manifest.

“When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace, and love.”
~Thich Nhat Hanh

 


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