Good intention; right alignment

Written by Cynthia Smith-Faught. Posted in Health & Wellness

Published on January 18, 2012 with No Comments

Welcome to 2012, a year that sparks controversy, mystery, and opportunity. This is the year that, according to the Mayan calendar, ends a 26,000 year cycle.  Astronomically, it also brings an event that only occurs every 26,000 years:  the sun and earth lining up with the center of our galaxy.  There is a great book that discusses all of this, “Fractal Time, the Secret of 2012,” by Gregg Braden. 

While all of this may be a blip in our everyday lives and the day will come and go as most do, we have an opportunity to shift our consciousness and raise the bar of virtue in humanity. It starts with one person at a time and it starts with intention.

What our intention is in any of our actions can determine a variety of outcomes. Whenever we are faced with adversity do we respond with a good intention or do we react from fear, anger or resentment?  With the right intention we can alter the outcome in almost any circumstance.

     At the beginning of each year, so many of us have a desire to bring more positive habits into our lives and let go those that hold us down. Setting these goals can be promising to start but can quickly dissipate as time passes. What we need are not lofty goals but to plant a seed of intention. This is a great time to plant your seed and watch it grow throughout the whole year.

What is a seed of intention?  In yoga, we always talk about a practice called Ahimsa. This is Sanskrit and means “do no harm”.  For example, we decide to plant the seed of Ahimsa with love. The next time we are in a situation that requires us to respond, we take a moment to think first and ask the question, “Will what I am about to say or do cause anyone harm?”  This can be very challenging and tricky.  “Do no harm” can be not only physical in nature but emotional or mental.  

With time and practice you will see more and more positive results from your seed of intention practice. The more you practice, the more positive results you will see. You will feel better about yourself, thus attaining the goals you design along the way.

Our Practice: Planting a Seed of Intention

·               First stand or sit with the feet shoulder width apart

·               Feel the feet grounded into the earth and the top of the head reaches up toward the sky

·               Lift the ribcage out of the belly and draw the shoulders back slightly

·               Find your breath relaxing your whole body but feeling strong

·               Bring the hands together at the level of the heart

·               While keeping the little fingers and thumbs together, spread the other fingers outward so your hands look like a flower blooming

·               Imagine your heart opening like the flower and invite a feeling of intention:  love, compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, patience or Ahimsa “do no harm”

·               Sit for a few minutes just breathing in and out your intention, feeling it seeded in the palm of your hands and in your heart

·               Smile and watch your seed grow 

This column is a guide only for the general population. Not all practice is good for everybody. Please consult with your health practitioner before engaging in physical movement and positions. Having a physical presence with a teacher is always best but these instructions can offer a guide to the basic practice of yoga and the poses.

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About Cynthia Smith-Faught

All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle. Cynthia Smith-Faught is a certified yoga instructor. She teaches adult classes and workshops through the Portage Parks Dept. She also teaches at the Bonner Senior Center in Portage. To contact Cynthia Smith-Faught email her at

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