“I surrender with gratitude” is my sankalpa

surrender ishvara pranidhana

In a recent post, I explained what a ‘Sankalpa‘ is and how it differs from a resolution.  Where a resolution tends to be more about restraint and sacrifice like giving something up for Lent, a Sankalpa is an intention or will.

Control is a big issue for me, particularly when it comes to the creation of what my ego considers a ‘safe environment.’  I spent a long time creating a bubble for myself in an effort to shield myself from pain, but let’s face it that takes a LOT of work, and pain exists regardless of how well we pad our mental and physical walls.   Resistance is hard, surrender is easier, and I know this.  I see it in students, I experience in my asana practice, so I’m going to carry it with me each and everyday, and see the opportunity to surrender to the moment — to what is — at every turn. This doesn’t mean I’ll be taking a defeatist attitude, but rather, accept what is.  Accept that over which I have no power and more importantly bring awareness to what I do and don’t truly have any control over.  Sounds a little like living the Serenity Prayer, only I’m going to add a line or two.

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change

The courage to change the things that I can

The wisdom to know the difference

I will surrender with gratitude

And I will show love wherever I go

What’s your Sankalpa?


– Your Charmed Yogi

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3 thoughts on ““I surrender with gratitude” is my sankalpa

  1. Pingback: You have an infinite capacity for gratitude | A Charmed Yogi

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