In a recent post, I explained what a ‘Sankalpa‘ is and how it differs from a resolution. Where a resolution tends to be more about restraint and sacrifice like giving something up for Lent, a Sankalpa is an intention or will.
Control is a big issue for me, particularly when it comes to the creation of what my ego considers a ‘safe environment.’ I spent a long time creating a bubble for myself in an effort to shield myself from pain, but let’s face it that takes a LOT of work, and pain exists regardless of how well we pad our mental and physical walls. Resistance is hard, surrender is easier, and I know this. I see it in students, I experience in my asana practice, so I’m going to carry it with me each and everyday, and see the opportunity to surrender to the moment — to what is — at every turn. This doesn’t mean I’ll be taking a defeatist attitude, but rather, accept what is. Accept that over which I have no power and more importantly bring awareness to what I do and don’t truly have any control over. Sounds a little like living the Serenity Prayer, only I’m going to add a line or two.
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change
The courage to change the things that I can
The wisdom to know the difference
I will surrender with gratitude
And I will show love wherever I go
What’s your Sankalpa?
- Your Charmed Yogi