Are you exhausted from my yoga yammers yet?
I’m the overexcited newly re-converted. I’m proselytizing. I’m preaching to the proverbial choir.
I cannot help my damn self.
I don’t mean physically, either.
Which brings me to today’s installment of Yoga Sh*t I Thought I Rocked And In Reality Had No Idea.
As each class begins the instructor invites us to set an intention.
You may dedicate the class to someone you love or want to forgive. You may dedicate your practice to something outside of yourself. We will return to this intention throughout class.
What I heard (<—-yep, note past tense. CarlaAhHa! ahead) as we stood strong in Mountain Pose was:
What are your goals, Carla? Focus on one during class. This will help you not grow frustrated as we flow through poses.
Set an intention. Set a goal. It was all the same to me.
I’d even begun to use the words interchangeably.
(Here’s where longtimeYogis cringe.)
My intention is to make progress with my manuscript. I’d jot down at the beginning of the week.
My intention is to focus exclusively on finding work in new/untapped places. I’d scrawl at the start of another.
I had it all mixed up, intermingled and incorrect.
Goals are dreams with timelines.
With goals I identify where I want to be/what I want to do (I dream big).
I set a new goal.
A goal is a desired result with a future-based timeline.
Intentions are starting points.
Intentions necessitate my letting go before anything else can transpire.
I may set new intentions daily without the sense of I should maintain the intention of yesterday.
My intentions provide my subconscious an opportunity to speak and, as such, may surprise me.
Once I’ve set an intention for day it’s the backdrop of all I do. Grocery shopping to wobbly tree pose.
Intentions demand positive energy.
The distinction between the two is subtle and nuanced, yet now I see it it’s abundantly clear.
It’s greater than the idea goals are specific and measurable. It’s the notion an intention transforms into the very energy and standards by which (practice and) life flows.
The life-course is always changing, intentions are consistently shifting, goals remain static and same.
- Have you considered the distinction between setting intentions and setting goals?