Body Mind Soul Intentions in the New Year

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IMAGINE, New Year again! The close of one year and the opening into another is a wonderful opportunity to reflect, to meditate, and to set intentions for ourselves in the upcoming moments, days and months ahead. I prefer to set intentions rather than "making resolutions." Setting an intention is a more "yogic" frame for possibility, opening AND action, versus a more stressful "have to" frame that often accompanies resolutions. Perhaps this year you might set an intention that places you on the path towards whole hearted Body Mind Soul living. You might intend to be mindful and open to new experiences: to love, to connection, to happiness. Hafiz, an ancient Sufi love poet, wrote about exhilarating oneness of the union with the divine. His poem "All the Hemispheres" beautifully expresses the beauty of being open to the wonders of life. 
All the Hemispheres
 
Leave the familiar for a while.
Let your senses and bodies stretch out
 
Like a welcomed season
Onto the meadows and shores and hills.
 
Open up to the Roof.
Make a new water-mark on your excitement
And love.
 
Like a blooming night flower,
Bestow your vital fragrance of happiness
And giving
Upon our intimate assembly.
 
Change rooms in your mind for a day.
 
All the hemispheres in existence
Lie beside an equator
In your heart.
 
Greet Yourself
In your thousand other forms
As you mount the hidden tide and travel
Back home.
 
All the hemispheres in heaven
Are sitting around a fire
Chatting
 
While stitching themselves together
Into the Great Circle inside of
You.

 


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