A New Year Resolution is described as a tradition in which a person resolves to continue good practices, change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal, or otherwise improve their life.
As the new year approaches, we hype ourselves up, summon our willpower and pledge to change not just what we do but pretty much who we are! We set goals and imagine how happy we will be when we get what we want.
What I’ve come to understand is that most New Year resolutions surface from the misguided desires of the ego, senses, and conditioning. They almost always fail because they start from the assumption that who we are is not good enough, and reinforce the mistaken belief that our happiness depends on acquiring what we want.
The yoga tradition offers a refreshing alternative to the New Year resolution: the practice of sankalpa, or resolve. A sankalpa practice starts from the radical premise that, YOU Already Are WHO You Need To Be to fulfill your life’s dharma (one’s purpose in life). All you need to do is focus your mind, connect to your most heartfelt desires, and channel the divine energy within.