Non-Fiction Review: Good Intentions

Good Intentions by Jasmine Tarkeshi
Good Intentions: A Guided Yoga Journal for a More Meaningful Practice
by Jasmine Tarkeshi

4 out of 5 stars

This guided journal begins each 3-page chapter with a few paragraphs on yoga sutras, philosophies of peace, or a proverb of wisdom for the reader to contemplate. Then the reader is encouraged to set an intention for their yoga practice to apply the wisdom to their own lives and reflect on their own spirit. And a few prompts are provided with a blank page where the reader can record their thoughts and introspection about the topic.

The first section of daily meditations focuses on tuning in to yourself and recognizing your own energy, and then there are sections for tapping into the observing witness within yourself, letting go of worries and embracing truth, practicing self-care and compassion, and finally extending grace to yourself and others.

I really liked how the meditations gradually take you deeper into a more positive mind-set, opening up your inner thoughts and providing healing. This is a great companion to a yoga practice!
The teachings are rooted in Sankrit words and ideas, but most of them could apply to anyone of any religion or philosophy. There is only one lesson that I found which describes Brahma as god and says that god is in everything including inside ourselves. That teaching I do not agree with. However, most of the lessons are not really religious but philosophical, using universal truths that do not include religious beliefs.

The lessons include things like telling the truth, releasing fear, showing compassion and generosity to others, not letting your emotions bully you, and not relying on physical things to bring you happiness, but instead finding joy in your inner soul.

I would just skip over those couple of lessons that have a religious message, and only read the ones that are more general philosophy.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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