Part 1 - Let’s talk about intention.
In my recent post about Yoga Nidra, I mentioned a thing called Sankalpa. A sankalpa is a statement of intention - literally it means ‘highest vow’ - and in its fullest form it is no less than a description of your life’s purpose. (I know, no biggie.) That’s a pretty huge ask, and it’s not something you can intellectualise your way into - sankalpa ‘arrives’ in your intuition and can take years of unpeeling your layers of mind and conditioning through practice to arise. It’s also not something you shout from the rooftops - your sankalpa is yours alone and should not be shared.
So far, so intimidating! But there are lots of stepping stones on the way to full sankalpa. The first is to understand the way it’s worded - we use a short, positive statement in the present tense. To offer a very basic example, if you wanted to take better care of your body, you wouldn’t say ‘I’m not going to eat junk food’. That’s future-based and contains a negative. Your subconscious doesn’t process the negative, it just hears the other words, so effectively you just told your brain that you’re going to eat junk! Instead you might say ‘I nourish myself with healthy food’. Positive, and worded as though it’s already happening, because the only time you can ever do anything is now. (Think about it...)
So that’s a useful place to set intentions from as a mini-sankalpa. There’s another really useful, connected practice called ‘anchor words’, and I’ll tell you all about that in part 2....