February 28, 2014 by urbanhealthjunkie
Almost every New Year’s resolution starts with two words: “I will.” We summon our willpower and pledge to change not just what we do but who we are. We set goals and imagine how happy we will be when we get what we want. Resolutions often focus on a perceived negative aspect of ourselves and what we’re doing wrong ( as in, “I want to lose 10kg, drop two sizes, so no more fizzy drinks, alcohol, chocolate or cheese” ).Yoga nidra offers a refreshing alternative: the practice of sankalpa, or resolve. A sankalpa practice starts from the radical premise that you already are who you need to be to fulfill your life’s dharma. All you need to do is focus your mind, connect to your most heartfelt desires, and channel the divine energy within.
A sankalpa isn’t a prayer but a vow that is true in the present moment. Therefore your sankalpa should be stated in the present tense. A sankalpa explores what’s behind the thought or feeling so if you crave fatty comfort foods when you’re stressed or sad, your sankalpa might be “I am conscious of this craving and allow my feelings to arise and pass”.
Likewise, rather than setting the intention, “I will not eat meat,” your specific sankalpa might be, “With compassion for my body and for other beings, I eat a vegetarian diet.” Stating your sankalpa in present tense acknowledges the tremendous will, energy, and truth that arrive with the discovery of your heartfelt desire.