Creating Intentions (Samkapla) – the yoga way

Creating Intentions (Samkapla) – the yoga way

Happy 2020 yogis. May this year be a year where you can let go of old experiences that drain your mental process and life-force in order to create space for new beginnings. In Hindu mytholody, the goddess Kali and her male counterpart Shiva are universal archetypal symbols, that we can call upon or align with in through chant or meditation in times of transition. These times are often met with fear. We cling to old patterns, experiences and people that no longer serve us (aparigraha) and loose the sense of flow in our lives and the trust that the universe really does have our back (Ishvara Pranidhana).  This is not to say that we always get what we want, we may know how to row the boat, but we still don’t control the weather….. However, when we use our practice to align with something much bigger than us, of which we are a part of, we connect with our intuition (Buddhi) in a place of our deepest honesty (Satya) and if we are listening to what the universe wants for us, we find the courage to let go of things and situations that no longer serve us and life tends to flow easier for us, from that point. As Joseph Cambell would tell us, “we must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us”.

Happy 2020 yogis. May this year be a year where you can let go of old experiences that drain your mental process and life-force in order to create space for new beginnings. In Hindu mytholody, the goddess Kali and her male counterpart Shiva are universal archetypal symbols, that we can call upon in times of transition. These times are often met with fear. We cling to old patterns, experiences and people that no longer serve us (aparigraha) and loose the sense of flow in our lives and the trust that the universe really does have our back (Ishvara Pranidhana).  This is not to say we always get what we want, we may know how to row the boat, but we still don’t control the weather….. However, when we use our practice to align with something much bigger than us, of which we are a part of, we connect with our intuition (Buddhi) in a place of our deepest honesty (Satya) and if we are listening to what the universe wants for us, we find the courage to let go and things tend to flow easier for us, from that point. As Joseph Cambell would tell us, we must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for Manifesting our intentions is a three fold process. 

  1. Letting go of old experiences to create space for new ones. 
  2. Connecting with your intuition through the alignment meditation process below.
  3. Aligning your fire energy with your intuition to manifest your dharma (purpose).

LETTING GO OF THE OLD      
In yoga, we are taught that Apana Vayu, one of the currents of the subtle body, is responsible for letting go. In the physical body, this energy current is responsible for releasing toxins via the elimination organs and in the subtle body, it also aids in releasing old memories that are taking up space in our thoughts. Apana Vayu is an energy current that is also called, the anchoring breath and is connected with the Muladhara or base chakra, which is situated in the area of the rectum, legs and feet. Simple poses like Malasana (squat) or Diamond (Cobblers) help us come out of our heads and into our body, creating a grounding connection with the body and the earth, aligned with the force of gravity.  Long deep exhales, following them to their end, will also connect you with the apanic current and anchor you in your body in a relaxed way. 

CONNECTING WITH YOUR INTUITION     Because your intuition (buddhi) is your connection with the universal flow, you must come out of your will, ego and “To Do” list before creating intentions. Intentions created by the ego are shallow and do not reflect your soul’s path or the karma your soul is here to work with. In order to connect with the intuition, you must generate a receptive state, which is created by the following. 

  1. Sit or position your body comfortably and draw your mind down into your body. 
  2. Allow your body to relax.
  3. Notice the flow of your breath. 
  4. Turn your palms upwards in a receiving gesture. 
  5. As you continue to notice your breathing, you come into connection with universal flow and your place within that. Now take your attention to your heart. If you wish you can place a hard on your heart centre gently and ask your heart, what it wants for you in 2020. You could run ideas of your 2020 ideals by your heart space, drawing them into your mind and “feeling into”  them from a place of deeper connection. As you bow your head to your heart, your Ajna, or third eye centre, situated between your eyebrows aligns with your hearts wisdom. Your ideas, concepts, dreams and hopes that carry your intentions will sift through the connection of the heart, telling you what feels right and what doesn’t. 

The answers will come but don’t expect the universe to answer in words. The soul’s language is magnetic. It will connect with you through your intuition, via what the yogis call, the Vijnanamaya kosha, which expresses itself you with your sense of deep knowing and the feeling linked with “yeah that feels right” or “no, I know that makes sense, but it’s a no’.

ALLOWING IT HAPPEN WITH MAKING EFFORT
When we manifest our lives from the level of our intuition, we maintain our alignment on our soul path. Whatever you choose for 2020, there still may be obstacles; there may be challenges, but there will also be a feeling of it feeling right, despite any obsacles. Then you can flow downstream and not have to exhaust yourself, betraying yourself and your life-force by swimming in the wrong direction. No-one can connect you with your soul’s path through intuition, only you. This is your sacred right and duty; your only duty.      

When we are aligned, there is a sense of allowing as our goals and dreams manifest and the higher universal forces conspire with us to manifest our goals. However, this does not mean that we don’t have to execute our will, make decisions and put in effort. It’s not about sitting on the fence waiting for the universe to deliver. Life is never easy. There is work to do! After you have aligned with your intentions, the Ajna has to move beyond the truth filter of the heart to connect with the fire energy of your Manipura Chakra. This is the centre of your will your drive and motivation. When this connection is made goals can be met, obstacles can be overcome and dreams can come true, IF you have aligned them with your dharma, your purpose and your heart’s deepest truth. 

Namaste.

 

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