How to arrest negative thoughts during yoga nidra?
Q : I am 35 years old and suffering from depression since 1996. At the time of doing yoga nidra, when I have to make a sankalpa about curing my depression, some negative thought comes to my mind and I get very scared, as I feel that these negative thoughts too will come true. This is because you have said that whatever sankalpa we make while doing yoga nidra, comes true. This stops me from going deep within myself. I also go to satsang daily. Please help me Gurumaa. My mind is filled with anxiety and stress.
Answer Well, let me point out first that when I say sankalpa, I do not mean a thought. A thought can change into another thought because thoughts are fleeting, thoughts do not have an earth to stand upon. But when I say sankalpa, then sankalpa means a firm resolution. There is a very big difference. I can say Pinky, in your case you have never been able to make any resolution because even at the time of yoga nidra, you are thinking about your depression. If you continue to scratch a wound, you are not going to heal; rather you will irritate the wound further.
You are doing the same thing at the time of yoga nidra; you are bothered about the fact that whether you will get over your depression or not, whether you will be cured or not. You are not doing yoga nidra if you are having these thoughts at that time. Please pay attention to the methodology properly and from this, what I can assume is that you aren’t able to understand fully from the CD, the instructions which are there in the track no.1. So better come here you do need a one-to-one meeting with me. So it is better to come to the ashram, as you need to have a one-on-one meeting with me.