Guest blog by Yogasteya member Donna Noble
As we approach the New Year, a time when we are busy thinking about setting goals or intentions, take this as an opportunity for new beginnings.
Goals vs. Intention Setting
First, let’s take a look at the difference between goals and intention settings, as even though these terms are often inextricably linked, the word Intention – according to yoga philosophy – is Sankalpa. Sankalpa in Sanskrit means conception or idea of a notion formed in the heart. Meaning that this comes from your innate being and is something that will come from your core.
In contrast, goals comes from a place of feeling. For instance, you will need to change something about yourself to feel better. This perception highlights that you are not entirely accepting of yourself or some aspect of your life.
How many times have you noticed that even when you have attained your goal, you still feel unfulfilled? You may notice that you move onto your next goals, but still remain feeling ultimately unhappy. Often times, we set goals based on something society teaches us to do, in which we try to alter some aspect of our life in order to conform. It’s important to ask yourself if the goals you have set are even you own, or if they are simply a seed that was planted by someone else? Sometimes goals are not really our heart’s desire.
Choosing to Live with Intention
So that is why this year I am not going to set any goals, but instead, will be living with intention (Sankalpa). I am going to try to connect with my hearts highest intention. I am going to have to cultivate the art of listening to all the messages and signs that are presented to me. Yoga, meditation and simplicity are going to help on my journey of discovery.
I will be working from the inside out, which will involve working on connecting to my innate wisdom (my inner teacher) that is always with me. Although it is not always heard. The example that best explains this is – we all have a loud band in our mind, that leads us away from our inner teacher. In the background is a softly playing flute – which is always there but cannot always be heard. Once we start to still the mind, by focusing inwards, we begin to hear the flute. Providing us with our compass of direction for dealing with life, allowing us to really live with intention and allowing us to find out what we are passionate about leading us to true fulfillment. Remember: if your intention is unclear, simply be open to accepting it. It will come…
Finally remember the practice of Ahimsa, another Sanskrit word, which means non-violence. This involves being kind to yourself – whether you intend to set an intention or set goals. We are always growing and developing, so do not beat yourself up.
The Power of Sankalpa
Sankalpa allows us to live in the moment – to live in the here and now – which is ultimately the essence of yoga. It truly allows us to enjoy the ride regardless of our destination. Most importantly we can be happy with ourselves with no need to change.
Happy New Year!!!
About Donna Noble
Donna is a Yoga Specialist, Radio Host and Coach from London, UK. She likes to socialize and enjoys Salsa, and is passionate about all things yoga! She firmly believes that Yoga is for every body and everybody. Donna is Certified with the Yoga Alliance, British Wheel of Yoga as well as a Certified Master Practitioner of NLP and Hypnotherapy. She teaches various forms of yoga including Pregnancy, Postnatal, Vinyasana flow and Bikram yoga. She incorporates wellbeing techniques within her classes helping to bring about mind and body connection. Check out more of her writing at her website: http://www.thenobleartofyoga.co.uk. Connect with her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.