Honor Your Intentions and Respect Yourself

How do you effectively honor an intention? 

To honor something is to revere it, to show courteous regard for something, and also to hold in high respect. As we begin a new year, we often make resolutions about things we wish to change in our own lives. I prefer the word intention over resolution. An intention is the act of determining mentally upon some action or result. As I have cautioned previously, it is a not really a good idea to set yourself up for defeat by setting intentions that are way beyond your personal reality. Something I teach all the time is that expectations are the root of all suffering. So, if you set an intention that is just too difficult to achieve and you fall back into old patterns, you may suffer guilt and self judgment when you don’t meet your expectations.

Be Realistic

What to do? Try to set intentions that are realistic. If you want to lose weight, set the intention that you will lose 5 pounds, not 25. Start by cutting one thing out of your diet that isn’t very healthy. It maybe alcohol (which has a lot of hidden calories in it, especially beer), or sugar, or meat, or dairy. I know that when I have tried to cut out everything “bad” for me, I set myself up for defeat and end up eating all of it anyways. I have the best success when I move slow and steady. My intention for 2016 is to eat less sugar. This means I will also be eating less dairy and carbs because my house of sweets often includes both of those things.

Take Care of Yourself

Being more active is another common New Years intention. Instead of saying that you will practice yoga everyday, maybe say that you’ll do it twice a week. Like I said in my last blog post, yoga actually works and it feels good, and the better you feel, the more likely you are to stick with it and maybe start practicing more. Mr. Iyengar said that the body is a temple and the asanas are our prayers. That is a beautiful statement and shows tremendous respect and love for the body. If we could all view our bodies as temples that house our soul then maybe we can treat ourselves better. Take care of your body and it will take care of you.

So, honor and respect your intentions for this year and be realistic as well. I bet you will have better results that way. Good luck and let me know if you need any help!


Nicki Doane