The effectiveness of intentions is explained by the familiar Yoga instruction, “energy follows intention.” In other words, wherever you place your attention, your life energy will go. Your actions will then bring results, as all actions have consequences.
In the Yoga tradition it is said that we are the heirs of our own actions, which is what Gandhi expressed to the masses. And because everything rests on the tip of motivation, it makes sense that we should connect with our deepest aspirations, our most heartfelt desires, through the practice of sankalpa.
Here are a few things that will help with bringing life to your sankalpa:
- State your intention in the present tense. Saying “I will” or “I’m going to” tells us that we need to be doing something while sankalpa honors where you are in life at the present moment.
- Separate sankalpa from stress. Your intention is supposed to free you from stress, not create or add to it. So, take a deep breath and clear your mind so that you can fully be in your intention.
- Keep coming back to your intention – it is ultimately a practice of remembering, of mindfulness.
- Release your intention to the universe. One must have resolve, but also a good measure of surrender. Balance will help keep sankalpa alive.