Word of the Year: Enjoy

Word of the Year: Enjoy

By Jess Pierno Do you have a word for the year? For the last few years, instead of thinking about grand resolutions for the new year, I’ve been settling in on a word that sums up my intention for how to live during the next 365 days.  Doing this feels like less pressure to achieve some big transformational goal, but more authentically live true to my own voice on a daily basis.   This is also a recognition that it is totally ok to be totally ok with who you were in the last year, and nothing needs to change.  Sometimes I worry that we get too caught up on “being better” or self-improvement.  It is a wonderful feeling to look around and realize that you are actually quite happy with yourself, your choices, your surroundings.     So I pick a word, like setting an intention at the beginning of a yoga class.  I find it popping into my head at different moments throughout the year, and I try to let it be a subtle reminder when I’m making plans, feeling overwhelmed, or thinking about what adventure is next.  One year it was “Thrive” and another year was “Empower.”  This year I think I’m settled onto “Enjoy.”       What is your word for 2018? Post it in the comments to share some...
Setting Intentions for 2018

Setting Intentions for 2018

A photo from January 1, 2017 – a quick stretch before the first of many bus rides to NYC this past year. by SADIE LEIGH This time of year always seems to sneak up on me. Looking back on the year gone by, January feels like  forever ago, but also as if the whole year happened in the blink of an eye somehow. This is a season that comes with a lot of emotions, and a lot of expectations. And that’s why, when I think about the year to come, I prefer the practice of setting intentions rather than the perhaps more popular concept of New Year’s Resolutions. My yoga practice has taught me that suffering comes from expectations, and bliss comes when you’re able to act without attachment to the results. So for me, not only does a resolution seem too fixed and stiff with no room for growing and shifting, but there’s a lot of pressure! In my experience, it seems like when folks make New Year’s Resolutions, more often than not they’re pretty unattainable. Expectations go unmet, and that leads to shame and guilt and frustration, and all of that sounds like a real bummer. But an intention, that’s your agreement to yourself to try your best. To put thought, word, and action towards a dream or desire to the best of your ability. An intention is strong and meaningful, but it’s also flexible and forgiving. Sounds much better to me! There are many wonderful practices people turn to when it comes to intention setting. I encourage you to do a little research, ask a trusted...