One of the things I love the most about my budding yoga practice is setting an intention for that day’s practice. Some instructors will lead you in this, and I’ve found others who don’t which disappoints me. Nevertheless, reflecting on the past week, my intentions have been focus and acceptance.
My mind has been all over the place lately but the minute I hit my mat my mind is clear and I can easily focus on the hour ahead of me. In the short amount of time I’ve been practicing, I can already see a difference in my mindset. I can’t quite articulate it, but there’s a little conscious mindful spark whose flame I can’t fan. This is a good thing. It makes me hopeful that there are wonderful things ahead that I have yet to uncover. I am also practicing the art of acceptance, whether it be of myself or of others. I think it’s in our inherent nature to be judgmental, whether it’s comparing ourselves to someone else or making assumptions outright of people and situations we encounter. We’re imperfect creatures and we all color the world in different ways.
So, whether or not you find yourself on a rubbery yoga mat, focus on you, cut yourself some slack and while you’re at it, cut some slack for others, too. Be curious!
Do you set intentions for yourself? What have you been trying to do differently over the past week?