I almost called this ‘intention and other wanky words’. And that’s not to disparage those who talk about intention cos I do it too. I use many wanky words… like ‘authentic’, ‘intuitive’ and ‘journey’.
Indeed I’m a huge fan of the cliche and fall into their deep crevices more often than I’d like. Although sometimes it’s more a warm-soft landing than something sharp and cold.
I mentioned last week (and in previous years) I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. They’re always too unreachable and ephemeral. I’m pretty sure I rolled over most of mine for much of the 1990s and first decade of this century.
Adopting a ‘Word of the year’ has – however – become increasingly popular. I noted it a few years ago when a lot of my US blogging friends identified a word or phrase they intended to make their ‘word’ of the year and set their intention thus.
I rolled my eyes and vomited a little in my mouth. Which is really what people expect of cynical ol’ me. After all… my schtick is to diss stuff that’s vaguely touchy-feely, while secretly inhaling it all.
Which brings me to the point of today’s post, cos I’m linking up again with Denyse Whelan – who’s writing regularly about intention, as a concept – and today’s theme is our ‘Word for 2017’. Which I don’t have. If I did I think it’d be something like consolidation (which would be cheating as I read it elsewhere). 2016 was a year of big changes for me and – as you’ll be surprised to see in tomorrow’s post – I am more contented than ever; so I just need to build on that.
However, on words and intention, it might also surprise you to know I DO have something other than ridicule and disdain to offer.
At each of my yoga classes, as we’re doing our pre-class preparation my instructors always ask us to set our ‘intent’ for the class and the day. I don’t know if that’s something all instructors do. Perhaps it is… but mine usually mention it again at the end of class as they release us into the wild.
I always tend to assume I’ll struggle to identify a phrase or word. But I don’t. My words are often cliches themselves: strong, calm, zen, balanced…. and so forth. But – each actually relates to what’s on my mind at that moment. The calm and zen thing both were adopted on days I was feeling really stressed about stuff. The ‘strong’ was a word I adopted at one of my first classes back after years away from yoga. It wasn’t something I felt at the time, mentally or physically, but it was something I wanted.
I’m heading to yoga again today and I have no idea what my ‘word’ or ‘intent’ will be. Hopefully it’ll pop into my mind unexpectedly.
Do you have a ‘word’ for the year? Or are you old school and have resolutions? Or both?
If you do yoga, does your instructor ask you about your ‘intent’?
* Pic from yogatrade.com