Well, over two weeks in to the start of 2013 and I am curious as to what may have happened to all those well-intentioned New Year’s resolutions???
It is easy to sit down and wish for things to be different – for life to change in some way. What is harder is to actually make lasting changes that help us in fulfilling our Sankalpa or resolve.
My daughter was holidaying with me during the festive season and on December 31st she sat down to prepare her vision board. “You know mum”, she said to me. “Everything on my vision board from this last year has come into being”. Having thought about this for a while I was able to see the power of the vision board. Not just a decorative wall hanging but a constant visual reminder of the things that are important to you and that you are working toward in your life.
If you relate this back to the concept of Sankalpa (see Jan 2012 post) in which Swami Niranjan stated, “it is not merely a wish, it is a process of training the mind to develop the will and to develop clarity of thought”. The Sankalpa then works to sustain motivation and drive as you work toward your goal.
So the vision board is really a tool to keep you focused on your life’s goal. There may well be a number of other smaller goals that will ultimately help you to realise your life’s goal. For example a Sankalpa for inner peace may require you to work on your relationships with others and your relationship with the divine. You may need to change jobs, to root out old ways of behaving and perceiving things, to learn to be content when your usual nature is discontent. All of the things in this example require effort and work in the present…the vision board reminds you that the present is here and now …not in 2 weeks, 2 months or 2 years from now. It is what you are working on right now!
The seed of the largest tree begins as a seed..but implanted in its DNA is the potential for the greatness of the tree…it does not know limitation. Likewise do not let yourself be intimidated by any sense of limitation…allow yourself to reach your full potential in all aspects of your life and if you need another tool to help you, go on…….. make a vision board!