I've recieved several comments and emails from participants. Many people mention feelings of anxiety as they let go of things. This is normal. Letting go upsets the mind. Old habits cling and the mind does not relinquish control easily.
When a fish is reeled onto the deck of a boat, it flops around and fights for air. It doesn't want to let go. The mind is like this. When its control is challenged, it fights back.
The first time I did the 24 Things Challenge, about mid-way through my son told me; "Mama, it is like an alien came down and turned you into a bad mood monster." ANXIETY.... I had piles in corners, half emptied book shelves, everything felt messy and out of place. But, when I passed through that midway point and started to drop the piles off at Good Will, I could breathe. I felt lighter. I was free.
I encourage you to keep going. The piles are temporary. The anxiety is an illusion of the mind.
A fellow 24-er pointed out that they had a terrible week. The kids were acting out, they felt terribly stressed and unorganized, and they were questioning if their Sankalpa was aligned with their Dharma. They went to bed that night thinking they needed a re-write. But, the next morning they woke up feeling refreshed and knew that they were on the right path. The mind stopped flopping around.
When we work through something uncomfortable, if we are headed in the right direction, eventually the discomfort passes and clarity sets in.
At the close of most yoga classes, students and teacher are in a seated position (connecting them to earth) they hold their hands over their hearts, (Thumbs pressed to sternum stimulates the vagas nerve that runs from the heart to the mind and awakens Anahata) , next they bow head toward the earth.
This action of lowering the head to the heart level encourages balance and allows direct communication between the two.
If the heart and mind cannot communicate then one will dominate the other. It is only in balance that we can fearlessly express our truth and hearts desires. Quieting the mind allows us to listen to the heart and trust our inner voice and the power of the Universe.
In order for your Sankalpa to work you must unlock what the heart truly desires, quiet the mind, then make space in your world.