A new year brings with it new intentions. I love nothing more than starting the year feeling refreshed with a clear and focused mindset. I spend time to reflect and review the year gone and re-evaluate my aims and intentions for the year ahead. This includes, looking at my universal Sankalpa and seeing if I’m still aligned with its intent. I also like to set a small Sankalpa for the year ahead. I put my trust in the power of Sankalpa over that of a new year resolution because Sankalpa comes from what my heart truly desires. It comes from my true nature.
In this article I’ll explain more about the power of Sankalpa and how you can use it in daily life.
What is Sankalpa (Resolve) and how does it work.
The Sankalpa is often described as a resolve, an affirmation, your deepest intention. It is a Sanskrit word that translates as SAN: Your highest truth. KALPA: Vow. A vow that is above any other rule, the Sankalpa is a commitment to honour your highest inner most truth.
This is very different to the driving force of a new year’s resolution that stems from a ‘individual will.’ As a society we are very often blinded by our external environment, influenced by our conditioning, or the point of view of our ego.
We’re all familiar of using this landmark to set a new year resolution, to eliminate any bad habits and establish new, healthier ones. “ I want to lose weight,” I’m going to exercise more.” Focusing on the assumption that the new year resolution is fixing something, “ I am not good enough therefore I need to…. “
The sad truth is that only 9% of people achieve their new year resolutions, mainly because they lose motivation.
The Sankalpa stands apart from a New Year’s Resolution for its deeper lasting effects, but importantly because it connects you deeper to your heart’s deepest heartfelt desire. I’ve heard it described beautifully as a ‘universal will.’ It is an incredibly powerful tool that helps to support both inner and outer change. To guide your direction in life, the choices you make by speaking to your inner most truth. For this very reason it’s important to take time to reflect upon what it is your heart truly wants.