Isn’t that what the New Year is about… looking forward? We are reminded that there is a cycle to life. There is the past, the present and the future. On the New Year, we put the past behind us. We welcome the future and try to set a clear intention, an affirmation, and a vision as we move forward.
But, let us not forget about the present. Without a clear present, it is difficult to steer the course into the future. The present is “knowing” who we are today, it is “knowing” where we are today. It is “being grounded”, “being centered”, “being still”.
A friend of mine, Dr. John Douillard, once gave the metaphor of a hurricane, “the deeper the stillness at the center of the eye, the stronger the winds.” Indeed, the greater the stillness within, the more powerful we can go forward into the future.
Ayurveda teaches that we create the experience of the life that we live. This is true of every facet of our lives including our health. Each of us is where we are today because of the choices that we have made in the past. The question is, where will we be in the future? That will depend upon the all of the choices we make from this day forward. Most choices are made unconsciously. We follow our tendencies. These are called “samaskaras” in Yoga. As a result, we end up someplace that we often do not want to be. The process of bringing our awareness into what we create is called “sankalpa.” This is the process of creating the future through a clear and powerful vision. To have it manifest requires constant awareness on both the present and the future. We must know where we are in order to know how to get to where we are going.
A sankalpa is not a wish. A wish is made once, from an ordinary state of mind and it is over. A sankalpa is reaffirmed every day. It is the process of gaining control of the world of the imagination and learning how to move one’s vision from the imagined into the manifest. A sankalpa is made from an altered state of mind achieved through meditation and ritual. In Yoga, it is made from the state of meditation called Yoga Nidra.
Most people think of Yoga Nidra as a form of relaxation, but it is not. The relaxed state is the state from which we create. Yoga Nidra is tool for achieving a goal. That goal may be relaxation or healing. It may also be higher awareness. Or, it may be moving through your obstacles.
This year, bring your dream into reality. Learn the technique of Yoga Nidra. Below are links to my CD: Yoga Nidra and Self Healing and to our workshops on how to become a Yoga Nidra Instructor.
Yoga Nidra CD: https://www.ayurvedacollege.com/yoga-nidra-cd
Yoga Nidra Certification Training Course: https://www.ayurvedacollege.com/programs/workshops/yoga-nidra-certification-course
Blessing for a Happy New Year!
Dr. Marc Halpern