New year, new intentions: new you….
The start of each New Year is like a blank book, and the pen is in our hands. It’s our chance to write a beautiful story for ourselves, and to shape the beginnings of our next trip around the sun. This is a time which brims with possibility. Recognised by ancient cultures around the world, there is real energy at this time of the year that supports our transformational and creative efforts. It’s a time where we can turn over new leaves and our intentions into realities.
Before you get straight into it, here are few tips for setting intentions and launching this beautiful new year into motion.
Something massively important in terms of achieving our goals and really bringing out our best to all of our pursuits, is the energy that we bring.
We need to ask ourselves, are we creating from an energy of lack and striving, where we are desperate for X or Y to happen because if not we will think of ourselves as a failure?
Or… are we creating from an energy of gratitude and being – where we are relaxing deep in our core, and from that place allowing what wants to be created to come through?
The kind of energy we bring to our creations will really make the difference in the quality of what we create, whether it is a scrumptious dinner for friends, a huge mosaic, or any of our work projects. When we approach things from a perspective of desperation and lack, it often feels like we are trying to win a swimming race… but instead treading water! We have all experienced the opposite though – when we approach things from a place of openness and gratitude. Events, people, abundance, creativity and productivity all start to effortlessly flow into our lives.
Feel Into It
In terms of our intention setting, given that most (if not all) our doing is usually motivated by the feeling states that we want to experience, a good place to start with our intentions for the year is what feeling states to we want to be in? With our intended feeling states clarified, we can then work backwards to see which actions and goals are likely to encourage these feelings states. Reversing the order from which we create action in this way, is in fact drawn from the principles of Reiki.
For example: working in a job you don’t enjoy that earns you lots of money might make you feel prosperous on a financial level – but do you feel prosperous on a soul level through this work? Is it possible that true prosperity might be changing jobs to that fulfils you into feeling prosperous on both creative and financial levels?
After all, when we are doing something that we really enjoy and our purpose for this lifetime, we are more likely to be noticed and promoted, and appreciated (or gain more business if we are in business for ourselves).
This is because our life energy will be higher and a positive energy – that is a good vibration, attracts more good things into our lives.
When setting intentions and goals, we always need to remember something. Failure is a part of life, and when you really consider it in the big scheme of things… there is no real failure.
This life of ours is not a competition. There is no ultimate goal. There are no official boxes that you need to tick or obstacles that you need to jump in order to get to the finish line. It is a cliché but life is all about the journey: the real ‘success’ in anyone’s life is the growth process. Generally we grow more from so-called ‘failure’ than from so-called ‘success’. So, be kind to yourself always, regardless of where you think you are on the ‘success’ ‘failure’ spectrum.
Setting intentions and setting goals is a great because it gives you something concrete to work towards in your life. However, being fixated of your goals can actually get in the way of your growth. Sometimes we desperately want something for ourselves, while life desperately wants to give us something else. Chances are, it will be greater and more expansive than the thing we were aiming for.
A Taoist Story
There is a wise old farmer who lives on a mountain farm nearby a village with his family. One day, a wild horse comes to his farm. The villagers say to the farmer – ‘Oh wonderful luck! A new horse for you!’ and the farmer replies: ‘Good luck, bad luck, who knows?’
The next week, the horse runs away and the villagers say to the farmer: ‘Oh, bad luck, that new horse of yours is gone!’ And the farmer replies: ‘Good luck, bad luck, who knows?’
After some time, the horse returns, with a whole lot of other wild horses. And the villagers say: ‘Oh wonderful news! You now have many horses!’ and the farmer says: ‘Good news, bad news, who knows?’
Then one day his son, while breaking in the wild horses, falls off a horse and breaks his leg. The villagers again say, ‘Oh, bad luck, we are sorry for you’ and the farmer replies: ‘Good luck, bad luck, who knows?’.
The next week the country enters a war, and soldiers come to the village looking for young men to recruit to the army. The farmer’s son is not taken because he has a broken leg. And the villagers say: ‘Oh, what good luck!’…
You get the picture. We can’t really know what is good or bad luck. Most of the fun is in the journey. So let’s set our intentions and our goals, but stay open for new opportunities from left field that may come along on the way!
- What feeling states you would like to be in more of the time in 2019?
- What are the concrete actions that you can take to feel more of these optimal feeling states in 2019?
We wish you a wonderful start to this near year, and there is no bad day for reviewing your intentions. Remember to surrender to the magic of life. Ultimately, we are not in control here…. and that’s a good thing. Life just may have some incredible gifts in store for you this year, that are far beyond the scope of your imagination!
Why not mark the start of this powerful new decade with a gift for yourself? Happy Buddha could just be the perfect first step for gaining the clarity, introspection and focus required to move mindfully into 2020. If this speaks to you, we would LOVE to have you!
*Editor’s note: This article was originally posted in January of 2019, but we have since spruced it up a bit!
Michelle is a writer, musician, meditation and yoga teacher based in Bali. She teaches meditation and yoga retreats through her own business, The Global Yogi. and also offers coaching sessions in Self Love.