Sankalpa - Intention:

What does “Setting an Intention” or Sankalpa means?

This week we celebrate the Spring Equinox, March 20: a powerful and magical day in which we can celebrate new beginnings, a new energy of rebirth. On this day, in fact, the harmony between the time of creation, the night, and that of the manifestation, the day, which have the same duration, returns. Is the perfect period for setting new intentions.

Sankalpa is the Sanskrit world which literally means purpose, desire or Intention. Is the conviction of being able to achieve what the mind proposes through the intention to do so. It is like an idea that is formed in the mind and takes strength in the heart until it is realized.
Set your intention at the beginning of your practice. During the practice go back to your intention and internalize it more and more. First, find calm. Notice your breathing, in and out through the nose Now, think about your intention and sit with it for a few moments.

How to set an intention?

First of all, to set an intention, bring your awareness to a quality or virtue that you wish to cultivate more in your life or just in this day. Maybe you want to invite more compassion, kindness, gratitude, grace, forgiveness, or love into your life.

By building greater awareness through constant and mindful practice, we can realize that an intention can be set at any time of the day, not only in a yoga class.

When you wake up in the morning, perhaps you can set an intention for the day, something that transcends all layers of being and will work in all situations: gratitude, patience, compassion, courage, honesty, kindness, forgiveness, letting go, inner strength, cheerfulness, abundance or commitment are all intentions that are often made and can bring invaluable attention to the day.

Maybe you want to be more present or aware, or get better at letting go. Maybe you want to cultivate balance and peace or health and well-being. Your intention can be anything that brings peace, happiness and joy to your soul. When formulating your intention, be sure to frame it in a positive sense, so don’t think for example “I don’t want to get angry anymore”, think instead “I want to be at peace with those around me”. By setting an intention, we actively choose to empower ourselves to make a change. Also look at ourselves objectively and ask ourselves “how am I?” To begin with, it can be a transformative step, bringing attention to the present moment.

In conclusion, perhaps one of the most important, but also difficult, things to put into practice regarding intentions is to detach from the result “non-attachment ! In Sanskrit it is translated “ Aparigraha ”and it is one of the 5 Yamas. Do your best and let the rest go. We may not have control over the actions of others or the world around us, but we can choose how to act and react to it. Once an intention is established, let it flow throughout the day and for all that you are, and notice the small changes that start to happen…. Let us know your intentions!

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