A Sankalpa is a good thought…to end your day and begin another. It’s much like a mantra — clear, concise and focused on something you wish for your future. 

The statement should also aim to bring out the best in you.

  • I take care of myself…
  • Things work out for me…
  • My love for (X) grows deeper every day…
  • I fall asleep easily…

Traditionally, Sankalpa is practiced during Yoga Nidra —- a yogic sleep meditation. In Yoga Nidra, you lie down on your back, quiet your body through conscious breathing and body awareness. It’s much like a guided meditation where you completely become present in your body, by focusing on various body parts and connecting them to your breath.

But you do not have to strictly practice Yoga Nidra to reap the benefits of Sankalpa. All you need to do is find the time and space…like at bedtime or first thing in the morning. 

Make it a ritual!

Once you create your Sankalpa, it’s time to plant the seed.  You begin by lying down, closing your eyes, and grounding yourself with deep conscious breaths. Then you incorporate your wish, repeating it exactly word-for-word, each time. In Yoga Nidra, it’s repeated 5-6 times.

But there are no hard and fast rules. I say, the more the merrier. Remember the idea behind this practice is to plant a seed and allow your mind to nurture the seed. 

For me, this practice is better than counting sheep, calms me when trying to get to sleep — and is a positive way to start my day. And I get to be the gardener of my soul. 

So what is the seed you’d like to plant in your soul?

You are never too old to find ways to create a more positive future . . .

Melinda