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Shambhala Sun | May 2012
You'll find this article on page 60 of the magazine


Intentional Change


I recently read that only eight percent of the millions of Americans who make New Year’s resolutions actually stick with them. It’s certainly not easy to make positive changes in your life, but there are contemplative tools you can engage that can help.

If you want to create a change in your life, you can begin by clarifying your intention for doing so. Start by sitting up straight, taking a few minutes to check in with your body. Notice where you are tense and allow those muscles to relax. Once you are settled, turn your mind to the physical sensation of your breathing. Tune in to the natural flow of both your in-breath and your out-breath. After three or so minutes of this simple meditation, allow your mind to move on to contemplating “What is my motivation for change?”

Lodro Rinzler is a Shambhala Buddhist teacher and the author of The Buddha Walks Into a Bar: A Guide to Life for a New Generation.

From the May 2012 Shambhala Sun magazine. Click here to browse the entire issue online.

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