Intentions, Resolutions, and Affirmations…Oh My!

The new year is here, and there is a lot of attention around reflecting and resolutions. Is it a good idea to set resolutions? Is there a difference between an intention and a goal? What’s an affirmation?

There are a lot of ideas and approaches to sort through, so here’s a few resources to help vision an abundant year!

10 Ways to Weave More Kindness into the New Year by Sara Schairer is a Chopra Center article that includes instant wins and long term ways to introduce kindness into your life. More kindness is something that will make everyone’s winter a little warmer.

5 Ways to Create NEW in the New Year – and All Year  by Tris Thorp explores how to create “new” both now and throughout the year. Tris offers five ways to create and work your vision–a picture of how you would be living your life in an ideal world.

Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health has a variety of resources for starting the year. Here are a few of my favorites.

Learn about how the world’s wisdom traditions deal with times of transition in Ancient Wisdom for the New Year.

Trading New Year’s Resolutions for New Year’s Intentions explains the difference between resolutions, intentions, and affirmations and how to most successfully incorporate these into life.

Janet Arnold-Grych talks about simple gifts that we can incorporate into our new year in her article, Gifts for the New Year.

Read about obstacles, vision, choices, and cultivation in A Vision for the New Year.

The lovely people at Passiflora Tearoom & Herbal Apothecary in Connecticut are focusing on slowing down and taking plenty of time to set intentions. They suggest using “the whole month, and really think about what is most important to you at this time.” Take time in making your desired changes as well.

Finally, with all the possibility and promise of a new year, remember to follow Eckhart Tolle’s advice about acknowledging the good we already have in our lives because it is the foundation of all abundance.


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