Sealing Your Sankalpa

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What is Sankalpa?

Sankalpa is a Sanskrit word that refers to a vow or resolution that we make internally which will help us to experience a deeper connection to our life.

A Sankalpa is not another “should” that we lay on ourselves and then feel guilty when we fail to fulfill it. Especially when beginning, it is often best to choose something very simple. The most effective Sankalpas are “discovered.”

This involves being still and silent for long enough to listen to your deeper intentions. It may only take a few moments to listen in this way, and with practice it will take less and less time. And you might be surprised what arises.

The point is that Sankalpa is the result of something you discover for yourself; it has nothing to do with what anyone else thinks is important for you.

How do I practice Sankalpa?

One very nice way to work with Sankalpa is to spend a few days before new moon occasionally asking yourself, “What area of my life needs more attention applied to it?”

A new moon Sankalpa such as this can be seen as an experiment. We might be asking, “What would my life be like if I behaved differently in this way?”

On the day or evening of the new moon, you can do something to mark your commitment, such as burning a candle and sitting in meditation.

As the moon becomes more full, the power of your commitment grows along with it.