Create the capacity to receive

The start of a new year is a natural time to reflect on what you have achieved, what is really important to you and what you would like to do differently in the future. No doubt you have already thought about some new year’s resolutions, especially around lifestyle, health and fitness.

This year, make sure you write down your goals – you are more likely to achieve something that is committed to paper. Try to make them as specific as possible. For example, “I will practice yoga on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday mornings” is more likely to happen than a vague intention to “Practice yoga as much as possible”. Check in on your progress regularly and reassess if things aren’t going according to plan. Discuss your goals with friends and keep each other accountable – for example, make a commitment with a friend to practice yoga every Saturday morning followed by breakfast. And don’t forget to reward yourself when you achieve your goals!

If you find yourself setting a resolution that you have previously failed to achieve, it is time to ask yourself why. Have you consciously or unconsciously limited your ability to achieve your goal? Is this something that you truly want? Do you actually believe that you can do it? Have faith in yourself and, as the famous Indian poet and writer Rabindranath Tagore says: “Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it.”


About theaspiringyogi

I am passionate about yoga - reading, writing, practising and teaching.
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