Every January we get a fresh start, a new year to accomplish things and better our lives. However, it usually only takes a few weeks for those new years resolutions to fall by the wayside and be forgotten. Well this year can be different by truly being intentional and setting your mind on your goals.
Sankalpa is the Sanskrit word meaning definite intention or will formed in the heart or mind. A sankalpa is a statement that draws our mind to our deepest intention or purpose. It starts to bring focus and clarity to what is important to creating and living your best life. When you set your intention it also reveals how aligned you are with your highest self and the divine within you. You can then reflect on if the way you live your life supports your intention.
Your intention is not ego driven, like resolutions often are. The will and energy to achieve sankalpa is already there, you just have to realize it. The power of intention can be used on and off the mat. Set an intention for a season, for an asana practice, or for your life in general. You can bring your hands together in front of your heart and seal your intention in at the beginning of each day. The key is mindfulness, being aware of who you are and how you live.
So this year instead of just making a list of resolutions, go a little deeper. Think about your one true intention and how to go about living in a way that supports and cultivates that intention. Bringing mindful action to our intentions can create internal shifts in our choices.
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”