Often in yoga, we hear the phrase “set your intention for this practice” several minutes into class. I usually take that time to avoid setting an intention because I like to escape the never-ending treadmill of thoughts in my mind.
Today, I did something different. I set an intention. I set an intention today because I realized that this week, I have a lot on my mind and avoidance is not going to help me solve my problems.
My focus for today was self-forgiveness, never an easy task. Making mistakes is a part of life. However, at some point, you have to take the lessons and move on. There’s no use in berating yourself over something that is in the past. It will not build you up or strengthen you to make better decisions in the future.
So there I was, thinking in yoga, the place I normally run to to not think. The entire class felt different. I was more conscious of my movements-the heart openers, the hip openers. I really wanted to challenge myself to work through everything that’s been so bottled up recently.
By the end of class, I was far from “over it”. But I did realize that a lot of my current sentiments weren’t even due to events that happened recently. They were due to things that happened in the past. Years ago. Things that I put in the back of my mind and thought went away into oblivion.
I haven’t forgiven myself yet, but awareness is only the beginning. And I don’t think I would have realized that if I hadn’t switched up my routine when I stepped on the mat this morning.
So next time you step into yoga, meditation, or whatever it is you do to recenter, I encourage you to evaluate your routine and ask yourself if it’s what you need today or if there is something else.