A few years ago one of my best friends introduced me to the practice of setting an Intention Word for the Year. That is, setting a word or phrase that serves as a tune for the year ahead. For the past few years, this practice has replaced any kind of resolution setting for me.
The Intention Word for the Year invites a reminder of what it is you wish to cultivate for the year. It is an intention for the direction of your life. An invitation for an energy to find in all parts of your life.
Over the past few years, as I’ve set my own Intention Words, I’ve walked through the practice with many of my loved ones. I’ve heard a range of words: Enjoy, Presence, Light, Freedom, Self-Heal, Wild, Introspective, Strength, and simply Love. Each word so unique to the person who dreamed it into intention and very characteristic of the direction of the year the person who set the intention had.
My word for last year was Allow.
Allow was a willingness to release control. A reminder to find peace in things as they are and let go of what I can not change. In my yoga practice — allow my left shoulder to relax, my breath to be full, my body to be strong, allow myself to have one deep forward fold as my practice for the day. Allow myself to be cold… and comfortable — instead of just hugging my space heater all winter. Allow myself to be me and to do the work I came here to do. And allow the people around me to be who they are and have the experiences they came to have. Throughout the year, I reminded myself to allow. Some days were much harder than others like when I had a cold for 2 weeks and I allowed myself to just be sick and take days off or when I was dealing with a chronic inflammatory health condition — where my willingness to allow the experience to unfold taught me so much. It was a beautifully challenging year full of deep lessons learned, trust and love cultivated.
My Intention Word for the year ahead is: Ease.
I look forward to the ease this sweet word will invite into my life.
What are you cultivating in the year ahead? What is your Intention Word? Please share in the comments down below!
A big thank you to my friend, Pasha, for introducing me to this practice. Namaste