When we are too formal, we move away from our natural dispositions.
We are made up of both matter and spirit. What does this spirit consist of? Truth, love, compassion, joy, trust, or anything that boosts our enthusiasm, brings people together in love and harmony and give life a bigger dimension.
Sankalpa means seeing this present moment in context with the whole of universe.
Billions of years have passed and billions will come in the future, but what is our lifespan? 50, 60, 70 or 80 years! This is not even a drop in the ocean of time when you see life in the context of time and space! If you begin to see life from this perspective, your own consciousness will spread out. You will start thinking ‘big’ and forget the petty things in life. If we all start thinking about this, then pettiness, selfishness and fanaticism will surely disappear.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Source - Spirituality and Universality: The Fifth Annual Public Affairs Lecture