Happy Sunday, my sweet friends!
I hope that the start of this new year has been kind to all of you. If you’ve been reading the blog for some time now, you know that one of my favorite practices to ring in a new year is to choose an intentional word that serves as a guide, an aim, and an overarching theme for my year. I tend to shy away from setting resolutions, as I find they often lead to unhealthy habits and self-talk, but I do love setting a solid, aligned intention.
If you’ve never taken part in this practice, the beautiful thing is, it’s incredibly easy. Sit in a quiet space and close your eyes. Take a few deep, cleansing breaths to get connected to your body and your intuition. In this space, ask yourself, “What is my intention for 2020?”
Notice the very first answer that pops into your mind. See how that feels, if it fits. Avoid overanalyzing, or trying to force the “right” answer. There might be a few words that come to mind, but I find it best to hone in on one that feels the best for you. When you’ve made a choice, sit with the word and that intention.
What does your life look like with this intention at play? How do you feel with it as a part of your life? Allow your mind to get imaginative and visualize this year under your aligned intention. Take a moment to let your intention truly sink in your psyche. When you’re ready, you can open your eyes.
If you feel called, you can take out a journal and free write a bit about your intention, why you think this word resonates with you for this particular year, and even jot down some of the details of the life you envisioned with this intention at play. Remember, when we desire something, and we take aligned action, the intentions manifest.
This year, I have chosen the word ‘ease’ as my 2020 guide. It was pretty easy (hehe) for me to come up with my word this year. The word chose me, actually. I had noticed in 2019 that I was unnecessarily complicating my life. I crave a feeling of ease and simplicity. We are only 12 days into the year, but I am already amazed at how my intention of ‘ease’ has played out in my life, and I can’t wait to see how the next 12 months will unfold!
If you feel called to share, I’d love to hear your 2020 intention words. Wishing everyone the most abundant, prosperous, and aligned year to date.
Michelle is Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life's Creative Director and resident writer. She has a degree in Journalism from Indiana University and is also a certified holistic health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and registered yoga teacher with trainings with Anuttara Yoga Shala and Strala Yoga. Michelle has a deep desire to help people find happiness in all areas of their lives, and truly believes the Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life movement will bring lasting change to the world. Michelle splits her time between Florida and New York City and loves connecting with people from all over the world. If you'd like to contact her, she can be reached at email@example.com