What Is The Difference? Intentions vs. Resolutions

Screen-Shot-2015-12-31-at-8.26.14-AMAccording to the dictionary, a resolution is a decision or a determination.  An intention is an act or instance of determining mentally upon some action or result.   That sure cleared things up didn’t it?

We mostly hear of resolutions here in the Western Hemisphere around New Years Day.  According to Wikepedia A New Year’s resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve their life.

But, the tradition has much older roots.

Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts.

The Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named.

In the Medieval era, the knights took the “peacock vow” at the end of the Christmas season each year to re-affirm their commitment to chivalry.

And so on. . .

Over the last several decades making a resolution has gotten a bad rap because the word often reminds us of past resolution failures.  How many of us have made a resolution New Year’s Day only to give it up by February?  Intentions have recently come to the lips of many New Thought leaders as a way to change our mindset from one of failure to one of the possibility of success.

As you can see by the above definition, the words invariably mean the same thing.  I honestly feel that the best word to use for creating new habits in your life is ultimately up to you.  Ask yourself this question, which word brings you in alignment with success?  Once you’ve answered that question go ahead and set your intentions, resolutions, goals, and make your decisions,  declarations to yourself and the Universe.  Just remember one thing.  Make them simple and fun.

I have created a special New Years Day special event to help you set your intentions for the year.  You can find out more here.  I hope you can join me.

 

What Is a Chakra?

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In it’s simplest of terms a chakra is an energy center that reflects what is going on within our physical, mental and emotional self. I like to think of each energy center as a hard drive that stores information about our experiences. Those experiences and how we process them can determine whether or not our hard drive runs efficiently or whether it is so chock-full of old data that it affects the entire system and begins to shut down.

Continuing with the computer metaphor, there are 7 main hard drives located in the physical body. Each hard drive holds information about the particular center it governs. Each chakra or center is associated with a color, an element, organs or structures of the physical body, and emotional aspects of our being.
For example, the center at the base of the spine called with the 1st or root chakra is aligned with the color red, the element of earth, the organs of elimination and the emotions of safety and security. Our childhood experiences are stored in this chakra.
If we had a traumatic childhood and were unable to process those experiences safely and healthily our body may begin to show that trauma by experiencing dis-ease. Dis-ease in this center can include issues with the organs of elimination. That can show up merely as constipation or more dramatically as colon cancer. Emotionally you will have a lot of fear and insecurity and a feeling of not belonging here on Earth or within your own family.
A person who is balanced in this energy center tends to be grounded, confident and emotionally stable and your organs of elimination are functioning efficiently.
How does one bring this energy center back into balance if it is off? Connecting to the Earth, yoga, meditation, and a desire to heal are keys to bringing this hard drive back online.
This example is just one of the 7 chakras we will be exploring during my Kundalini Yoga workshop this Friday. Click on the link to register