Saṅkalpa - Intention: The Goal is Within - सङ्कल्प
Sankalpa is the sanskrit word for intention or resolution. An affirmation or wish we hope to see unfold. A concept we are very familiar with, when a whole year has passed in our calendars and a new one is on the rise. Yet, Sankalpa can also be integrated in a smaller setting, like the beginning of your yoga practice, the start into a fresh day or a new chapter of life.
The essence of Sankalpa is to have an affirmation in sight and to put your willpower and trust into manifesting it. With the concept of Sankalpa comes the concept of Vikalpa: intention and doubt. As everything we can name has the quality of duality and can be mastered by the beautiful power of choice. In our past year of 2020, many of us might have experienced set-backs within their intended goals. When we weren’t able to go outside, we had the opportunity to turn inward. An opportunity to find focus and intention within ourselves. We were gifted the chance to see that whatever happens outside, it is our choice of reaction within, that is unique to every single one of us.
From this space within, a space of your creation, a space where possibilities are infinite, Sankalpa encourages you to carry this energy into the realms of your reality. The goal is within ourselves, waiting to be wrapped into a wish, ready to unfold.
“Sow a thought and reap an action. Sow an action and reap a habit. Sow a habit and reap a character. Sow a character and reap a destiny.” -Swami Sivananda