A Sankalpa is a personal, positive, intention or resolve. Use it as a commitment to yourself to bring out the best in you.
Usually a brief set of words, present or future tense, that picks you up when life knocks you down; times of stress, change, low self esteem, overwhelm, loss, or illness, for example.
It takes thought, and usually time, to settle on a Sankalpa – it needs to be an intention towards personal growth and steadiness and to be able to span situations for many years to come.
Instead of a New Year’s resolution of, for example, “I will stop smoking”, a Sankalpa would be broader – “I will take good care of myself”. This way, we can apply it to many situations, for a long time to come; when we notice we’re saying “yes” to too many people, we’re running low on energy, we feel others are taking advantage of us, or we’re beating ourselves up over something.
What words could you say to yourself to bring out the very best in you?
Find out more about Sankalpas:
What Is a Sankalpa Practice and How Can it Help You Live With Intention?