By: Stephanie Miller
“The chief architect of life is the mind. To create the life we are meant to live, we must draw the mind again and again to our dharma, our deepest intentions, and the qualities of the Divine within. A Sankalpa is a statement that does this for us. ‘San’ refers to a connection with the highest truth, and ‘kalpa’ means vow. Sankalpa then is a vow and commitment we make to support our highest truth. By definition, a Sankalpa should honor the deeper meaning of our life.” -Rod Stryker
To do something intentionally is to act with purpose. To act with purpose means we act consciously – deliberately towards a goal. Intention determines the outcome of any action. Practicing yoga with an elevated intention makes the practice a transformative experience as opposed to just a physical. What is an elevated intention?
An understanding that we already are who we need to be to fulfill our life’s purpose or dharma. Let go of the mistaken belief that our happiness depends on acquiring what we want. By repeating what we want we reaffirm the belief that we lack something. We feed the illusion that there’s something wrong with us that we need to fix. To move past this I like to meditate on the macro vs. the micro. Visualize not just Earth but the entire universe. The universal consciousness vs. the individual.
Yoga doesn’t care why we’re practicing, it simply provides us with the result we intend (if practiced long enough.) We become what we contemplate. We won’t accidently experience yoga – that union, enlightenment, or God without actively seeking it. Yoga Nidra is an incredibly powerful practice for discovering an authentic intention. Although ‘nidra’ means sleep it’s actually an awakening, an invitation to the higher Self. The deep relaxation of the body and mind promotes a deep state of awareness, of wholeness. It allows us to escape from our self created identities and just feel.
Below are two great mantras to meditate on this month:
Om Asato Ma Sad Gamaya
Tamasoma Jyotir Gamaya
Mrityor Ma Amritam Gamaya
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti
Lead me from the unreal to the real
Lead me from the darkness to the light
Lead me from death to immortality
Let there be peace, peace, and peacefulness
patram puśpam phalam tōyam yō mē bhaktyā prayaccati
tadaham bhaktyupahritamaśnāmi prayatātmanaha” ||Bhagavad Gita 9.26 ||
If one offers me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, fruit or water I will accept.