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“Sankalpa” is a Sanskrit word meaning an intention formed by the heart and mind. A solemn vow, determination or will. It is your connection to your deepest heart and soul longings. Aligning with your truth, your heartfelt desires. So very powerful and strong, yet we tend to ignore them and float through life doing whatever we have to do to survive, overlooking the subtle signs trying to guide us on our journey.

“San” means truth and “kalpa” means vow or intention. In order to set your intention for the new year or new moon, you must find your truth. Truth meaning what do you really want to do with your life. Consider Mary Oliver’s famous quote, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

You have the power to live your life in a very special, purposeful way, but often you develop habits that inhibit your true happiness and health.

The new moon, the first of 2018 was January 17. The energy was powerful on this particular day. It was a great time to set a new intention for the year. Perhaps you already did that on January 1, but already threw in the towel by now. Well, there is always time to set new intentions and start over.

The easiest way to make positive change is to state a confirmation that you would like to see for yourself such as, “I want to be healthy and strong as I age.” Or, “I want to help others less fortunate than myself.” So many things you can put in motion, but it starts with a heartfelt intention.  You don’t have to be perfect, but it should come from your heart where you will find your truth.

Looking at the moon each night, I am often amazed at the beauty as it changes each evening.  The most beautiful transformation in such a short period of time. It’s a slow process, but before you know it you have a magnificent full moon. Much has happened in your life in that short period of time that the moon blossomed into its fullness. You think to yourself, what positive changes have I made in my life in this one moon cycle? How have I contributed to society to make it a better place to live and work? What am I doing to keep my body and mind healthy? What are my goals and intentions for the next moon? There are so many opportunities to do good things in this one precious life. Can you think of one way you can help someone else?

The truth is your intentions come from a very deep place inside your heart. You will find the answers in complete silence. No TV, no internet, no music, no chatter, just quiet.  Meditation is the greatest asset and everyone can do it. No wrong way, no right way. Just sit or lay in the peaceful space within the striking landscape of your body. The breath or a mantra can be your focus. From this unique place, you will begin to set intentions and goals for yourself. You will no doubt begin to reach out to others to help them find their intentions. It is the power of intention that changes us to be better people. My personal intentions are always made with a higher force called God. Whether you believe in Him or not, you can set an intention, but let it be from your heart space.

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