Sankalpa: Sacred intention
Sometimes we want to change something about ourselves and it seems impossible: we see how we are stuck in patterns of behaviour, family dynamics that repeat over and over again.
Yoga gives us a simple method to rewrite our neural programming and it’s called sankalpa, which means ‘sacred intention.’
Sankalpa uses the power of our awareness, our ability to create our future with our imagination, our intention. And it needs only a few moments…
Right now think of something that you want to bring into your life. It’s best to think of a positive quality, so if for example, you want to stop being impatient then choose patience as your quality.
When you’ve chosen, then find an image or a feeling that represents the quality you want to bring in. If there isn’t anything that comes to mind, then just work with the word you’ve chosen.
What you are going to do is to focus your awareness on this quality for a few moments. I find it helpful sometimes to light a candle (helps to focus my butterfly mind!) As you focus on the quality, open to your internal response to having that quality come into your life (gratitude, happiness, relief, whatever the feeling is). It is literally a few moments, the time it takes to light a candle and appreciate the light it brings.
It’s incredibly simple, but what brings potency is repetition: a daily practice of sankalpa can change your life.