Q&A: How to set intentions for the Winter Solstice
We’re coming up quick on the New Year and while I’m a big fan of setting intentions and “resolutions,” I wanted to do something different this time. And of course, I thought I’d bring you along with me too 🙂
If you didn’t already know, I’ll tell you that TOMORROW is the winter solstice! The Winter Solstice marks the official first day of winter for the Northern Hemisphere (usually) and is also the shortest day of the year with the least amount sunlight. Why does this matter? I’m going on a hippie tangent but it’s kinda cool, so go with me…
With the shortest amount of daylight comes the longest night. And, in theory, with more of the night brings more time to contemplate, reflect, and self-assess. This makes it the perfect time to take the time to reflect on really creating a vision for what we want the next year to bring us.
I’m gonna walk you through my personal practice for this time of year that’ll set you up for success in 2018. Grab a pen & paper, unroll your yoga mat, & lets get to it!
For this time, set aside 20-30 minutes. I want you to start with a quick meditation where you allow yourself to reflect on the year. The good, the bad, the difficult— everything. Don’t apply judgment to it, just observe what that feels like. Sit for 5 minutes or so in your meditation.
Then, bust out the pen & paper and write…
First, think about the past year:
What did you learn?
What did you accomplish?
What did you let go of?
What do you still need to let go of?
What are you most proud of?
What are you most grateful for?
Next, we’ll move into what we want for 2018. Write clearly, write in as much detail as you can, and keep this where you can easily refer back to it over the year.
What are you ready for?
What are you prepared to release?
What are your goals in your personal life? Work life? Family? Health/fitness/yoga?
What 3 attainable intentions do you want to set for the new year?
Note: when I say “attainable” I do NOT mean to keep your dreams or intentions “small,” but to consider the actions you’ll need to take for each. So, writing “live in peaceful bliss every day” would be considered unattainable. But writing “maintain a daily mindfulness practice so that I can find moments of peace regularly” is a MUCH better way to document that intention. Our intentions have to come with action, otherwise they’re hollow. So think about what you desire, and then make your intention behind it something you can actively DO on a regular basis. So, try not to write, “Get my handstand,” but instead, something more like, “do _____ class 3x a week and my handstand homework drills on days between,” or whatever applies 🙂
I’m doing this with you later today! Let me know how it goes & I’ll be sure to catch you up on some of my intentions too.
Over to you! Care to share some of your intentions? How do you feel about “Resolutions” vs intentions? Do you usually make any?