By Simone Da Costa
A therapist recommended practice for personal growth and empowerment.
As an integrative psychotherapist I have been on my own journey of personal growth and healing for over 12 years. I still remember the day my mother took me to my first yoga class and the doors to the interesting world of spirituality and self-development opened before me. Ever since then, I have been learning, growing and pursuing happiness, love and fulfillment.
I will let you in on a practice that has been essential to my feelings of purpose, fulfillment and self-confidence over the years; New Years eve intention setting!
Notice that I didn’t call it New Years resolutions because I believe our resolutions sometimes end up being a bit shallow without much depth and meaning. For example, it’s easy to say my resolution for the year is to eat healthier – wonderful, and then what?
We need a bit more depth to transform that resolution into an actionable lifestyle habit. What we truly need is time to reflect on life and decipher what it is we want to align ourselves to for another year of our life. By setting intentions at the beginning of a new year we define the values and desires that we want to align our actions with and cultivate anchors that serve to center us again when we feel disoriented, lost or confused in life.
Here are 7 ways New Year's Eve intention setting has helped me year after year.
Personal growth and empowerment
The thing is, if we want to see growth in life and want more happiness and fulfillment we have to dedicate ourselves to this and believe we are worthy of it.
This means returning to your intentions periodically throughout the year. Engaging in quarterly reflections throughout the year to review your New Year’s intentions and realign to your goals can help tremendously.
There is no ‘falling off the wagon’ if you keep checking back in and starting again. Maybe your wagon slows down and starts to wobble a bit, but if you keep returning to your intentions, you won’t fall off completely.
In meditation practice we say the moments of meditation are the moments we notice that our mind has wandered off and we simply return to the present moment…. again, and again. The key here is to keep returning to our intentions again and again, just like in meditation.
Start your new year at New Life
Your heart’s needs and desires
In my New Years retreat at New Life Portugal I will guide you through the entire process of reflecting on the past and aligning step by step to your heart’s deepest needs and truest desires for 2024.
We will use self-reflection, group discussion, yoga, mediation and creative projects to help you create a fulfilling next year of your life.
The best part is that you won’t be doing it alone, you will have the support of an awesome community of people with similar intentions to you as well as the nourishing nature all around you.
Enjoy your personal growth and empowerment!