Still your mind in me, still yourself in me and without a doubt you shall be united with the love that dwells in your heart. Bhagavad Gita.
As we approach yet another New Year’s Eve it is traditionally a time for us to start setting goals for the year ahead. In yoga we set resolves or intentions as part of our practice which are known as sankalpa. Before commencing a yoga practice such as yoga nidra we think about the qualities we would like to bring into our life and repeat them three times. At the end of a practice we again repeat them a further three times to reinforce them like planting a seed in our mind. So, what are the qualities that we wish to bring about?
- reforming of habits that no longer serve us
- improving the quality of our life and health
- fostering positive changes that would improve our personality
- realising what we want to achieve in our life
Sankalpa is always said silently and stated in a positive manner. We focus on what we wish to bring into our life rather than the negatives we wish to remove. For example, “I allow my heart to guide me”, rather than “I no longer wish to be controlling”.
As we set our new year resolutions, perhaps we can reflect on what we would like to achieve in our lives but also the changes we would like to see in our world. With a plethora of world issues that need addressing, I would like to focus on world peace. At Christmas we often sing about peace on earth so let peace begin with us.
There are many in our world who focus on the differences between us instead of looking for our similarities. When I went to India and wrote “Chasing Marigolds”, I loved greeting people using namaste. One brings the palms of the hands together up to the face then bows the head slightly.
Conveying respect, it can be used between people of all ages, race and gender, who share the belief that we are all one. It provides an opportunity to communicate from a distance without having to verbalize. Without making physical contact, our souls connect. Its meaning encapsulates the essence of what I love about India. It derives from namah to bow and te to you.
I bow to the Divine within you and you bow to the Divine within me.
Despite our flaws of nature or differences in appearance, we all have the Divine within us. Regardless of what the Divine means to you, it is an essence or energy that connects us.
My resolution for 2020 will be to focus on that which unites us all and to spread the peace and love that we all so desperately need. What will be your resolution?