Letting Go Of 2015

Posted by Sylvia on January 11, 2016

New Years Resolution

Why not celebrate this New Year by trading in your tired (and probably familiar) resolutions for a Sankalpa instead? A Sanskrit word Sankalpa is a resolve, to make a sankalpa is to set an intention – it’s like a New Year’s resolution with a yogic twist. The idea of repeating a Sankalpa is to create the life we are meant to embrace and enjoy. I wanted to share my own insights and tips to help keep your new Sankalpa going throughout the New Year.

Look Inward & Meditate More:

Mediation calms me on bad days and even more so on good days, it brings the best out of me, makes me wiser, sharpens me mind, it helps me grow and build compassion for myself, others and the world, it energizes me to face the everyday challenges of life which I know can get hard sometimes. Look inward and meditate for yourself and see what can happen for you! The magic of going deep in meditation, being one with yourself, exploring yourself, knowing yourself, can be pure bliss, try it for yourself! Find a quiet place, relax into a still comfortable position, put on some mediating music if you prefer and just listen, feel and breathe…

Breathe Deeper:

Just one breath at a time… Practice energetically clearing out unwanted negative energy as you exhale and visualize inhaling clean positive energy. Let your mind be clear and focused, your body still and relaxed, your heart open. Breathing in this conscious way will have an immediate and noticeable effect on your attitude and ease your capability to let go of tensions that arises.

Change Your Perspective & Use Affirmations:

Create a short sentence or phrase for your Sankalpa. Be careful not to set limitations based on fear. For example, “I want only fulfillment and pleasure this year,” consider “I am happy and open to whatever life may offer me.” Changing your mindset is said to be the greatest of all Sankalpas.

Be Loving & Fair:

Change doesn’t happen overnight, so be gentle and remind yourself of your intentions, don’t criticize or berate yourself. But remember if there are things you want to let go of from 2015 or habits you want to shake; remember that you need to be steadfast in your intentions for the New Year. Ensure that your Sankalpa becomes as much a part of your daily routine like brushing your teeth. Use it as a mantra during your yoga practice and in meditation, post a reminder of it on your computer or phone screen, and repeat it to yourself quietly before going to sleep.

A New Year is calling us to clear and cleanse for fresh beginnings. This is a great time to ask yourself: What can I leave behind to blossom in 2016?

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