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January 6, 2019

Intention, Goals, & Identity – A Journal!

We’re officially living in 2019. How’s it feeling so far?

It’s already been somewhat of a roller coaster for me… I had to make a difficult choice this week, which came with all the feelings.

But I’ve been reflecting on what I said in last week’s sermon about the importance of language (remember my example of saying “anxiety is strong right now” instead of “I AM anxious”) and I’ve been putting it into practice. I have to tell you, it works!

Naming what’s present instead of identifying with the passing emotion has allowed me a bit of space. It’s not a denial of my feelings. It’s the practice of allowing my feelings to be present without losing myself in them.

This is personal practice at its best. Simple tools that help us stay rooted in our Self (with a capital S!).

The New Year is all about action, but yoga teaches us that action needs to be deeply connected to reflection and awareness. So this week, instead of a new sermon, I’ve got a journal packet for you.

This free 8-page journal includes:

  • a meditation worthy quote from one of my favorite yoginis,
  • teachings from the yoga sutras,
  • a verse from the Bhagavad Gita,
  • a super simple practice to get you out of your head,
  • and four important questions to ask yourself as you work toward your goals this New Year.


And in case you missed last week’s sermon (or just want to have a quick re-watch) here it is for you.

This sermon is the backbone of the journal packet. If you want the full sermon page (with audio, transcript, and reflection questions) click here.

Once you’ve had a chance to work through the journal I’d love to hear some of your insight. Please be sure to share your wisdom with us below!

And please, don’t forget to sign up for the Yoga for Transformation course. The online classroom opens on the 15th and Module 1 will be released on Feb 1.

After that you’ll have to wait an entire year for the course to open up again. Don’t miss your opportunity to join us in 2019!


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One Comment

  1. Tori January 6, 2019 at 11:20 am - Reply

    Yesterday I watched a video called “A Simple and Profound Introduction to Self-Inquiry by Sri Mooji.” Very simply he started asking the audience a series of questions. Who am I? If this is my body, then it cannot be me. Who’s body is it? My name. My life. My death. My thoughts. There is this idea that these things belong to me, but who is “me?” With every question I kept looking behind the words to try and catch a glimpse of the observer, but the observer has no qualities to be observed….and if it did…who would be observing those qualities? Having an intellectual understanding of “oneness” and this silent inner space is one thing, but there is an experiential understanding where the identity and the “person” just melts into that silence. That video beautifully laid the foundation for my journaling.

    And now, “We cannot strive toward something we already are,” is ringing in my heart so clearly.

    The habits of my mind reinforce my identity. When my mind is planning, worrying, desiring, and attaching to the ideas of who I am in the world and what I have, I’m identifying with something that is impermanent. The observer is an unchanging space, not a set of qualities and achievements. I move into 2019 holding the question: How can I expand the space of the observer in my life?

    Thanks Summer.

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