The deepest desires of your heart. How can you hear them?
It happens that it seems to us: there is absolutely no energy left to go forward, the routine has tightened up so that it is impossible to get out. This happens when we lose sight of our goal, we stop thinking about what we really want. The goal is what gives us the opportunity to cultivate new energy, and not to live automatically and out of habit.
In the book “Power Yoga” there are practices that will help you define your goal or remember it if you have forgotten. This works in the field of yoga, and in life in general. Let’s try it now.
In the yogic tradition, there is the concept of sankalpa. Sankalpa is awareness of the deepest desires of your heart and movement towards the cherished goal. This word means “desire” or “intention” and unites mind, heart and body.
By realizing sankalpa, you achieve the result that the deepest layers of your being desired. By building your behavior in accordance with the sankalpa, you not only discover your dharma (divine purpose), but you begin to live it. Sankalpa helps you focus on your yoga practice and opens you up to a deeper awareness of your goals in life. The goal is that which does not allow you to go astray and lose your strength.
Formulating a goal in the process of meditation
Long ago, several thousand years ago, people realized that meditation is beneficial; it was practiced all over the world within the framework of various religious traditions. Nowadays, meditation has become ubiquitous and very popular. Through meditation, you can train your mind to react differently to stress by teaching it to be calm and concentrate on “stopping” thoughts.
Slowing down and consciously making a pause, we learn to hear what remains unchanged: our center, spirit, strength.
This is why meditation can help you find and realize your own purpose. To do this, do the following:
- Take a yoga brick and sit in a comfortable position. You can lay a brick on a wide edge and sit on it, creating support for the sit bones. If this is not enough, you can use two bricks, blankets or a pillow – as long as you are comfortable sitting. I recommend one of two meditation postures – sukhasana, cross-legged, or virasana – in which we sit on our knees and heels. Choose a pose that suits you best.
Poses for meditation
2. Feel that the ischial bones are in contact with the support, and relax the pelvis and legs. Place your hands on your hips or knees; palms can be lowered – it calms – or turned up – it fills with energy. If you prefer a different hand position, use it. Stretch the crown of your head towards the sky and straighten up. Close your eyes.
3. Take three deep breaths in and out: inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. This will help you become aware of your body and relax. Close your lips and direct your attention to the breath, not changing it, but observing the natural rhythm. Breathe calmly, inhaling and exhaling through your nose, and try to gently inhale into exhalation and exhale into inhalation.
4. Move your attention to the base of the spine (coccyx). Walk your mind’s eye along the entire spine from the coccyx to the crown. Visualize the space between the vertebrae and the energy flowing down the spine.
The spine unites our body, its right and left sides. Feel it, this center line, then feel the whole body and feel that it is bounded by the skin. What sensations do you notice in your body, moving your mental gaze from the center to the periphery?
Pay attention to any source of tension and contraction, or, conversely, notice which areas are relaxed and feel free. Look for places where you habitually build up tension and places where it does not. Do 10 or more breaths. Explore the energy of your body while sitting in silence.
5. Return your attention to the center again and now focus on the point between the eyebrows. This is your third eye, an important energy center. How do you feel when you direct your attention to this point? Energy follows attention. Watch your breathing.
6. Move your attention to the chest area – to the heart center, which is in the very center of the chest. Pay attention to the quality of energy in this area and the structure of the body around this major energy center. Listen to your heart. Ask yourself the following questions.
– What led you to practice yoga?
– What result do you want to achieve by developing strength?
– How do you intend to use this power?
We all come to yoga because we are looking for something more. We have the feeling that more is available to us than we have: more love, human connections, flexibility, freedom, satisfaction. What would you like to change? Move your attention out of your body to other areas of your life. Ask yourself the following questions:
– How do you want to feel?
– How do you want to feel in the professional field?
– How do you want to feel with loved ones?
– How do you want to feel alone?
– How would you like others to feel in your presence?
All the answers are within you. – A source
7. Listen to the answers from the center of your being, to what the inner wisdom communicates. Find patterns in your answers and tie it all together. Can you summarize all these emotions, desires, energy flows into one word that describes everything you want to feel? Sit in silence and listen until you hear the answer from within. Having received this answer – one word – fold your palms at the level of the heart in anjali mudra (prayer gesture). Repeat your word three times to yourself.
What happens in your body when you focus on this energy, on your word? How does it respond to you?
8. This word can be your goal or the first step towards formulating the goal of yoga practice. Every time you step on the rug, remember your intention. Let it nourish all your actions, and then you will achieve a real result that will be meaningful for you both on the rug and in life.
9. Finally, lower your chin to your chest and your hands to your knees. Open your eyes and look up. Your meditation session is now complete.
30 seconds to remember the main thing
This practice is a quick way to remember your goal and return to yourself. If you forget about your intention and feel lost, you can remember it in just half a minute. This can be done anywhere.
1. Close your eyes, take a deep breath and fill your lungs with air. Open your mouth, exhale and cleanse your body with your breath.
2. Without opening your eyes, begin breathing normally and move your attention to the heart center. Ask yourself: how do you want to feel?
3. Raise your shoulders to your ears, then pull them back and down and open your chest.
4. Stretch your spine and open yourself to strength. Let your posture or asana reflect your intention to be strong.
5. Sit or stand up straight with your chest open. Ask yourself the question again: How do I want to feel?
6. When you hear the answer, open your eyes and continue your daily activities with a clear sense of your purpose.
Based on the book “Power Yoga”
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