Well, just acceptance, pure and simple , really — acceptance of myself and the world around me as a starting point for movement to change. Last year the intention that I repeated before each class was awareness. Acceptance is key for me now because I recognize that I frequently overreach, try too hard and generally act as the diligent student as a method for manipulating the world. That usually means that ease is not a predominant characteristic of my practice. Initially, I thought of the intention of acceptance as a short-term solution because I was in my first January class and could not think of anything else. But the more I’ve lived with the intention, the more I think that it’s a worthy principle to lead off each session.