The new year brings a golden opportunity to turn over a new leaf, start afresh, implement the life we want and be a better person.But only 8% of people keep their New Year’s resolutions. We lose sight of this picture as January and February speed by, abandoning our resolve over time.
The Yogis say there is another way. A way to orientate our being to serve our higher purpose, to chose a life which is based upon a deep impression or seed of our resolve. They call this a Sanklapa.
A sankalpa is an intention created from the heart, and should aim to serve your greatest potential. For example: ‘I am at peace with myself’ or ‘I am a positive force for the evolution of others’ or can be more specific like ‘I practice yoga every morning’ which serves as a mini goal towards the big picture. It is said that the greatest of all sankalpas is to set the intention to awaken kundalini energy from mulhadhara, to travel upwards through Sushumna nadi.
THE PURPOSE OF A SANKALPA IS TO TRANSFORM ONE ‘S LIFE.
The sankalpa should be a commitment in the form of a short statement that you make to yourself. The yogis suggest it is repeated three times at the start of a yoga practice, meditation, or at the start of your day from a place of pure presence. When made on a mind that is calm, at peace or in a higher state of awareness, the sankalpa is more likely to penetrate the subconscious. It’s like we plant a seed at the deepest level of our being.
Before you decide on your sankalpa, spend a few days meditating and thinking carefully about your life and where you want to go. Create a short sentence or phrase for your sankalpa. Be careful not to create restrictions with your sankalpa. For example, instead ‘I want only happiness in 2017,’ think in terms of ‘I am happy to experience opportunities to evolve this year.’
Ask that your sankalpa will be experienced in divine timing, surrendering to the bigger picture of life. It is important that the words are expressed with feeling and mindfulness – not just mechanically repeated.
Be aware that change doesn’t happen instantly. Don’t give up! You need to be strong in your commitment.
SUGGESTIONS ON WHEN TO REPEAT YOUR SANKALPA
- After your morning consecration.
- Before yoga practice or mediation.
- Use it as a mantra during pranayama or meditation practice.
- Create a daily reminder in your phone.
- Pop it on notes around your house or in your car.
- Repeat it to yourself as you lay in bed or drift off to sleep.
Go ahead and give it a try! The idea here is that it becomes such a part of your daily routine that it becomes a part of your subconscious behavior. You will soon reap the benefits of its daily use.