Sankalpas for 2017
Setting our intentions for the New Year.
In yoga, we speak of Sankalpas as opposed to New Year's Resolutions. The concept of Sankalpa comes from the Vedic tradition and means determination, conviction and resolve. Rather than placing excessive and unrealistic demands on ourselves, Sankalpas are about deep acceptance of where we are at with an embrace of the knowledge that we currently have absolutely everything we need to live the fullest and truest version of ourselves. When we set a Sankalpa, we connect to our deepest self and allow any transformation that needs to unfold in the bright light of awareness.
Whilst New Year's resolutions and Sankalpas are intrinsically different, they share a similarity in a resolve to allow something new and transformative to emerge in our lives. We enjoyed reading this article, linked below, from the Mindfulness Project about how resolutions can be kept, and were particularly pleased to see the focus on self-compassion.
Happy reading and a very self-compassionate day to you all.