Happy 2018, People.
My spin on the 8 Limbs. I hope it helps to guide your steps through the year.
Yama I will try and be peaceful and gentle. I will tell the truth. I will not steal or waste my energy. I will try not not crave things that other people have.
Niyama I will try to be clean (!). I will try to be content. I will strive for austerity. I will study my whole self - from my skin to the inner core of my being. I will come to know and trust the feeling of surrender to something greater/bigger than me.
Asana I will treat my body with respect. I will practice moving and breathing and opening my body up. I will try and move through the year with poise and clarity of intention.
Pranayama I will practice feeling my breath and my energetic presence. This year I will take full responsibility for the effects of my presence in my community, in my relationships, and on this planet.
Pratyahara I will try and feel my heart and soul. I will bravely look inward. I will try to decrease my dependence on external things like social media, shopping, and comparing myself to others.
Dharana I will try and be steady and focused in my actions even in the midst of the chaos around me.
Dhyana I will continue to meditate - or try it for the first time. I will try to meditate regularly even if I don't want to. I will believe the hype and stick with it as best I can.
Samadhi I will learn to recognize when I feel a connection to all things deeply - in every cel of my body and in my breath. I won't try and name it or analyze it. I will simply trust it. And in the challenging days ahead, I will try to remember that love and connection is the path to anything and everything that matters.
Om Om Om