This is a period when many of us feel a longing for change, to let past life patterns go. To leave what is not serving us any more, things that we suddenly realize we actually don’t appreciate. We dream of new, brighter and more fun lives – and often make ego based and superficial new years resolutions. But what if we truly wanted to create a change?
If you feel that this is the time, the time to make a shift in life and create that new you which is actually already within you but not nurtured or just blocked by life patterns or even dismissed by your own doubt. Then you can create a Sankalpa, a resolution or a higher purpose (or a smaller step towards your dream or vision if that feels more realistic for you right now in life).
A sankalpa can be used in daily life and in meditation, but it is important that you start by placing it during a nidra (deep yogic sleep) where you are in a state of mind where the intellect is not there to interfere so it goes more directly into your subconscious mind.
Fredrik Binette, one of the faculties at the AYTT (Ayurveda Yoga Therapy Training) where he also teaches Meditation & Yoga Nidra explains: When the sankalpa is placed into your subconscious mind it will slowly and naturally unfold and start to direct you into ways and actions that will steer you – many times in ways you where not expecting – towards the new you and the qualities you have dreamt of.
Below you will find advices from Fredrik on how to create your sankalpa. When you have found your clear and sincere intention you place it into a yoga nidra. Click this link to receive a free unique recording where Fredrik guides you through a short nidra practice with step by step instructions. (You don’t need any previous knowledge of yoga or meditation to do practice yoga nidra.)
Fredrik’s advice on how to develop your sankalpa
1. To find the direction when creating your sankalpa ask yourself:
- What do I want to create (life situations, life patterns, feeling of life) and do I know (if being honest to myself) why this is not the fact already?
- What is it that I dont want anymore in life, what am I ready to leave behind? Do I know any reasons why this is not already so and what is the counter part to that reason? (This counter part can be a part of your sankalpa.)
2. A sankalpa is always stated in a certain way.
- It is never about what you don’t want – it is about what you do want or dream about.
- It is always created in very a clear way – like a statement. (There is no doubt in it.)
– How NOT to do it: “I dont want to be afraid”, “I will try to be brave”
– HOW to do it: “I am brave”
3. Your sankalpa should be a bit challenging so it feels inspiring, and not too simple. I usually say it should be “realistically unrealistic”. If it becomes too unrealistic (even if everything is of course possible) then it won’t manifest. Also make sure you really want this to manifest.
4. If it becomes too long, see if some parts are connected and can be erased.
For example: “I am present, humble and a good listener. In my life I am a good friend that people trust.” Maybe being present, humble and a good listener is what you see as being a good friend, so then that is what you focus on (then you will naturally be a good friend). As an example the sankalpa above can be shortened to: “I am present, humble and a good listener that people trust.”
5. Make sure that your sankalpa is your heartfelt wish – something you truly deep inside want in life. It is very common that the ego is behind your wish. Also, sometimes when we build our sankalpa we involve our mind too much, so now and then while creating it take a mini paus, and go back to the main purpose/quality you are looking for.
How to use your sankalpa
When you have created your sankalpa and you have placed it in a guided Yoga Nidra, then let it grow, allow it to manifest on its own. The only thing you do is to give it energy by:
- Using the same exact sankalpa in all meditations & yoga nidras until it has manifested.
- Reading it in this awaken state of mind. Write it on a paper on your refrigerator, write it on a mirror, place it on your computer & smart phone.
- Repeating it before going to sleep, and when you wake up.
- Saying it out loud to your self during the day.
Exampels of sankalpa
(Just to get an idea – they are not to just copy, you need to bring YOUR intention behind the words.)
“I am calm and positive throughout the events happening every day”
“I am strong, confident and I am the leader of my Life”
“I am happy and surrender to the journey of Life”
“I wake up every day feeling rested and in a positive energy”
Fredrik Binette, co-owner of the holistic & spiritual center “Conscious Life” in Stockholm, Sweden, has more than 5000h of teaching experience within classical HathaYoga, Meditation & Yoga Nidra. He is the lead trainer at a 200h TTC in traditional HathaYoga in Sweden and Norway and AYTT (Ayurveda Yoga Therapy Training) in Kerala India.