If you’ve stopped by this post, chances are that you were curious and searched – What is Sankalpa? It is the Sanskrit word for “Resolution”. In simple terms, it means a one-pointed focus on a specific goal – psychologically as well as physically. Sankalpa in Yoga Nidra is an auto-suggestion. An active or hyperactive conscious mind acts like dirt on a mirror. Once this dirt is removed, the underlying subconscious receives the light of suggestion or auto-suggestion.
The Sankalpa should be a simple sentence, not too lengthy, with straightforward meaning. It is a command and hence should preferably be in an imperative mood. Any language that appeals the heart most should be used. The sentence may also be affirmative or negative in some special cases.
In the case of ‘do’, an affirmative “resolve” is used. In the case of ‘don’t’, a negative “resolve” is used. Taking the case into consideration and deeply thinking about it, the sentence should be constructed judiciously. The Sankalpa is not normally changed during the course of the auto-therapy. Occasionally, two or three sentences may be used for a single Sankalpa; but very often one sentence is preferred. More than three sentences should not be used for a Sankalpa.
A single therapy may be for three months, six months or one year. Ordinarily, a period less than three months is not recommended. The practice may be done once or twice a day. If once, the time before going to sleep is ideal. After the termination of one therapy, a second therapy may be taken up if a second problem is faced. But, ordinarily, more than one problem should not be tackled during a therapy period.
The idea of the Sankalpa is recorded in the subconscious. It becomes a memory, but not the ordinary memory-store, made available to the conscious. This layer of the deep manas (the mind) makes the ahankara (ego) conscious of executing the auto-command. The ahankara executes the command through the agency of the Conscious and the physique – its genes, cells, tissues, and organs. The execution, however, is unconscious.
The physiological functions, the biochemical functions, the restoration of hormonal balance, the healing process, the immunological responses, the activation of the defence mechanism of the body, the retardation of the ageing processes and sundries may suitably be modulated by the ahankara for the benefit of the total organism, all being done without the awareness of the organism itself.
Many people in the Western world make their resolutions during the New Year. However, most of these resolutions often fail as these resolutions are made from a place in ourselves that state we are not that good enough and we still need to learn many things to be a “better person”. A resolution made from the intellect rarely succeeds.
Two types of Sankalpa
- The first one is a statement made in present tense or which you feel that you already have – for ex – “I am feeling happy with myself”, or “I am in a state of bliss”
- The second type is the one where you set a specific goal intended to aim for in future. This could be done as shorter milestones to be accomplished within the deadline set by you.
Few Sankalpa Suggestions
- I have the capacity to live a meaningful life with full satisfaction
- I can do anything that can be done by others
- I have the will, the power, the competence to get success
- My will-power is improving to reach the summit
- I speak fearlessly and confidently with success
While being optimistic, one should also take a note that nothing can change overnight. Stay calm even if things do not work out the way you wanted to. The harder things become, make your resolve that much stronger. Make it a daily practice. Do it during the Yoga-Nidra state just before you go to sleep every night. You will soon realize the benefits of your daily practice.
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