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Creating Intention — Finding Your Heart’s Longing

Intention, called ‘Sankalpa’ in Sanskrit, is an ancient yogic practice that is more akin to prayer and surrender and less like making a resolution or goal setting. Ā Rather than setting a relative goal like ‘losing 10 pounds’, look beneath the desire to lose weight to find what your heart is actually seeking, which is usually something deeper and more universal – perhaps the desire ‘to feel healthy, happy and free’. Ā This is your Sankalpa!

When you find your Intention, state it as the truth to yourself aloud and silently three times or more during the day, something like: “I am healthy, happy and free in every moment.” Ā State your Intention, then forget about it! Ā When you get out of the way you surrender your intention to the greater forces within yourself and the universe to bring it to fruition.

The wonderful thing is, you do not work at an Intention — it works on you! Ā There is no need to set a deadline for it, for your Intention will manifest when the time is right. Ā Trust in the process. Ā State it – leave it – and receive it. Ā The great mystery will bring it to you. Ā Intention brings greater transformation and has a longer lasting effect than our efforts towards goal setting.

Goals and resolutions and often have deadlines which, if they are not met, can make us feel like we’ve failed. Ā Our efforts backfire, making us feel not better but worse. Ā Or, using our example, a goal like weight loss may be accomplished, but we still donā€™t find what we were really after, to ā€˜feel healthy, happy and freeā€™, and the weight comes back. Ā Intention has a deeper, more underlying effect on who we are and how we live our lives.


Make a Change in Your Life ā€“ Hereā€™s How

When you want to make change in your life, rest your hands on your heart and listen to the voice of your heart to uncover what you are truly seeking because there might be something underneath the primary desire. Ā From there, create your intention statement based on your heartā€™s message ā€“ in positive words and present tense. Ā Something like ā€œI am whole and complete exactly as I amā€. Ā State your intention throughout your day silently and out loud. Ā I like to practice my Intention-Sankalpa statement during three key times throughout my day:

  1. In Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra practice.
  2. While walking (in the house, to the car, to work, walking the dogs, and so on). Try coordinating your intention statement with your footsteps and breath – for example, step left “I live”, step right “in love”.
  3. Choose a mudra to practice with your intention and practice anytime your find yourself sitting, such as before a meal, or at your desk.

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Practicing Intention With Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra

Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra is a guided meditation that is a very powerful tool for creating change within yourself. Ā One of the most potent stages of Divine Sleep is finding your Sankalpa, your heart’s longing, and stating this as the truth at the beginning and again at the end of the practice. Ā Because you are in a higher meditative mind-state during Divine Sleep, it opens the doorway for you to hear and be transformed by your own heartā€™s wisdom. Ā Your Intention travels deep inside where this fruitful seed is able to root, receive nourishment and blossom.

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