It’s hard to fathom that we’re already close to the end of January. Ok, it’s actually hard for me to fathom that it’s close to the end of January.
Where did the days go? Was I sleeping on my yoga mat? Did I just experience a pretty intense transcendental meditation experience? Or did I get caught up in some time-space continuum I know nothing about?
All I can say is time, well and truly, flies.
I am thankful that resolutions of the “New Year” kind are not something I generally adhere to because if I did, I would be in full panic mode. This is only because I’m positive I would have given up on about 89.9% of my list of resolutions right about now.
Instead, I prefer setting intentions every month or every week, or any other time that I see a need for growth or change – it’s less stressful and whole lot more sensible. Not to mention, a whole lot more kinder to myself.
With intentions, there’s less of the guilt attached to the second or third week of the year when your resolutions usually come crashing down or disappears into a blackhole. Whichever comes first.
So, just what are my intentions for the coming days, weeks and months?
Bring on the slow and solo travel
People tend to cover a lot of countries in four months. But not me. I only managed three – Peru, England and wee bit of Italy.
Some people may say slow travel is a waste of time. Well, I’m not some people.
I had one of the most wondrous time in Glastonbury. All thanks to my slow travelling ways!
It was one of those things that I’ve always wanted to do – see a country or a place without having to rush off anywhere else, constantly fixated on a rigid itinerary. Words can’t even begin to express how amazing that sense of freedom was.
I’d like to think that I am better off because of my decision to take my time with my travels. Going solo helped me savour those adventures all the more – learning to manage my backpack, figuring out public transportation, destroying the beauty of the Spanish language, taking long walks in nature, sharing coffee with kind strangers.
Slow and solo travel will be the way to go for me. Maybe England again, maybe Ireland, maybe Sri Lanka. My choices are unlimited and only time will tell which land I will step my feet upon.
Yoga, yoga and more yoga
Yoga, meditation, pranayama, anatomy, philosophy, ayurveda. There’s just so much and more to the world of yoga. I’m just so thankful that it is now my world and I intend to spend more time discovering and learning all I can about this ancient practice.
I’ve come to realise that the more I learn, the more I truly don’t know. This applies to anything in life really, but more so for me when it comes to yoga and its incredibly worldly mix of science and spirituality.
I am already loving my journey, so far. And I cannot wait to continue on and be part of a wonderful community of yogis the world over.
Immerse myself in my writing process
On more than one occasion, I’ve been too lazy and uninspired to put in the work when it comes to writing. Yes, it is work. We (or more like I) tend to forget that rather significant bit.
Thanks to Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Big Magic” and a host of other inspiring writers, I’ve come to realise that writing needn’t be something to fight and torture ourselves with. Whether or not we feel like writing on the day, just show the hell up and do the work.
The muse, the spirit and the words will eventually follow.
Make wildness a priority
The words “wild” and “wildness” tend to have a negative connotation to most people – he’s mad, she’s out of control, they’re insane for doing that, etc. When, in actual fact, the idea of wild should be about returning to our true state**.
One of the many ways to incorporate wildness back into my life is to venture into nature more often. More hikes, more trails, more mountains, more forests, more sea.
I tend to do more of this when I travel and sadly not much of it when I’m home. A shame, really. As there are loads of places for me to get my fix of nature here in my city and country.
So, I’m going to seek out more nature and learn to re-wild my life; to allow myself to return to my true state and listen to the lessons that the wilderness has for me.
Discover more islands
I love islands, beaches and all the trappings of a laid-back life by the sea. Somehow, I’ve managed to not hang out on an island for most of last year.
This wrong must be set right!!
Missing my time in Bali
I’m so grateful to be living in a region that is teeming with stunning islands. So, I should do the right thing and visit them
all when I can. Coconuts, books, snorkelling, naps, yoga, seafood. Ahhh. I can almost see it.
Right. Time to make some bookings!
Read more books
I don’t have to tell you how amazing books are. Chances are you already know that. Honestly, there are just so many books and too little time.
How can I change that?
By spending less time on the internet wondering if Ryan Gosling is single again (but, seriously – is he?), getting sucked into those cool recipe videos that usually have me thinking that I can totally do that Lemon Chicken dish and the worst (or best, depending on your preference) time-waster of all – good ol’ Facebook.
Yes, the internet is great, informative and a brilliant way to stay connected, but I need to set boundaries. Also, those books on my shelf and my e-books are not going to read themselves.
Learning to let go
Sometimes, we have to let go of certain ideas, beliefs and even people that are not aligned to our changing energies; energies that have changed as my life has changed over the past year.
It is tough to let go of some of the familiar. I have struggled and tried my best to hold on thinking that maybe it’s all in my head. But the tighter my grip, the less I feel compelled to keep them in my life.
So, I’ve decided to move on and learn to accept these changes. It may take awhile and it may hurt along the way, but it is necessary. All I can do is thank them for being in my life when it was needed and being beautiful lessons I could learn from.
That’s pretty much what I’m aiming for in my life – not just for this year, but for years to come. I may change these intentions, or maybe I won’t. Either way, these are the elements I need to make it a more authentic, magical and intentional life for me.
I wish and hope the same for you. Blessed Be.
*If anyone knows who owns/created this image, do let me know so I can credit them accordingly.
**I’ve been learning about this in the magical book “Women Who Run With The Wolves” by Clarissa Pinkola Estés. Do read this if you haven’t already.