We all desire things in life but the difference between wanting something and creating compassionate goals is if it is "born from the heart," a yogic practice of sankalpa. Authentic intention comes directly from the heart. It comes from asking what is it that life wants, which is different from what "I" want. But how do you begin to tap into sankalpa? Here is a simple meditation to start the process.
1. Sit in a comfortable position so you can relax your mind and body.
2. Welcome the feeling within your body what best expresses what you most desire in life.
3. Journal your thoughts that best reflect your heart's deepest desire. Write these words down in the present tense.
4. Compose a statement that reflects your heart's desire to bring your desire into action.
Once you are clear on your sankalpa, ask your soul what it is you need to do to fulfill your highest purpose. Starting with a quiet mind is essential in order to tune in to the whispers of the heart - the words from your soul. A relative question might be; "What is the first step I need to take to move forward on my path."
The next aspect is to commit or what is referred to as tapas. Habit building takes the most discipline, because it relies on willpower to keep the same decision day after day in motion to achieve the end result. This process calls for perseverance. There is no way around reaching your heart felt desire without conscious effort. This can uncover the behavior that contributes to roadblocks and old fears. Meet obstacles and learn from them, rather than falling apart. Take responsibility and get back on track. Finally, envision (darshan) the end result. Visualize the future you in order to get a boost over the bumps in the road. It actually tricks your brain into believing the goal is already accomplished.
Mary Jane Kasliner