So how did that New Year’s resolution go for you that you made last January 1, 2012? Well, if you accomplished what you set out to do, congratulations. Most of us don’t, and that’s a fact.
However, what a lot of us fail to realize is that our thoughts really do affects the outcome of how we live and how we act – and ultimately, the success or failure of what we set out to do.
Think back to what past resolutions have been. What type of feeling do you get when you think about it? Fustration? Disinterest? Excitement?
Our thoughts become our destiny.
Believe it or not, the energy we put into how we think directly affects what we do, think and act.
Ghandi said it best, stating, “Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny.”
So perhaps, take a different look at how you make your resolution this year by stating your resolution as a heartfelt intention.
One of the best, and most ancient, ways to set a resolution or intention is by practicing Yoga Nidra, which is a deep guided meditation that creates deep relaxation and allows the practitioner to access the subconscious while creating a sankalpa, or resolution, that can be life affirming or even life changing.
In yoga philosophy, the term sankalpa, is a Sanskrit word meaning “thought, intention, resolve or will directed toward a specific outcome.” And what better time to create your sankalpa than when welcoming the new year.
During Yoga Nidra, the practitioner creates a sankalpa as if it already exists, and repeats it several times during the meditation practice. A sankalpa is a short statement, phrased in positive language and in the present tense that can be related to a personal matter, business, relationships, or any topic that is close to your heart that you would like to see actualized. For example, your simple resolve could be: “I am happy and healthy and I will continue to seek only activities that make happy,” is a good example.
The practice of Yoga Nidra is also a way to experience deep relaxation that can help the body heal from the many effects that stress may have on our body, both physically and mentally.
Where to find Yoga Nidra to create your New Year’s resolution.
If you are ready to set your intention and live it, then try Yoga Nidra. There are a number of opportunities to participate in a New Year’s yoga Nidra program around the Baltimore metro area during the final days of December 2012 and January 2013.
- Listen to Your Heart’s Deepest Longing: New Year’s iRest yoga Nidra with Robin Carnes at Willow Street Yoga in Silver Spring, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Cost is $30. For more information, visit www.willowstreetyoga.com.
- The Yoga Center of Columbia will present a New Year’s Eve Yoga Nidra Workshop with Debbie Jensen-Grubb on December 31, 2012, from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Cost is $20. For more information visit www.columbiayoga.com.
- The Art of Cultivating Stillness: Yoga Nidra will be presented by Lynn Matthews of Yoga 4 Life. This four-part Yoga Nidra series starts January 6, and continues January 27, February 13, and March 17, 2013. The full series is $50, or $15 per class. For more information visit www.embraceyoga4life.com.
- Blue Heron Wellness in Silver Spring will offer Yoga Nidra on January 6, from 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.blueheronwellness.com.
- Yoga Nidra: Empower Your Intentions, lead by Melissa Lindon at Willow Street Yoga in Takoma Park on January 26, from 1:00 0 2:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.willowstreetyoga.com.