"Remember, there is one word you are here to say with your whole being.
When it finds you, give your life to it. Don’t be tight-lipped and stingy.
Spend yourself completely on the saying.
Be one word in this great love poem we are writing together." ~Oriah Mountain Dreamer from "The Call"
"What might your word for a new year be? So, what might your word be for this year that is beginning? What would you like to learn? What would you be happy to share by embodying it?" - Oriah Mountain Dreamer
(thoughts from NYE… 2014) Thanks to these potent questions posed by Oriah I've decided to actually share my thoughts about the year that has recently closed. I set intentions daily so resolutions are not as interesting to me as what I experienced and learned over the last 12 months (especially 2013= a quiet sit on Hornby island, one month in Thailand, ten days in France, two trips to New York, countless teachers leading me through thick and thin). It has been akin to ritualistic prayer to reflect upon this fruitful year and silently thank all those who accompanied my journey of deep soul searching.
My reluctance to sit down and write goals is so strong because they form spontaneously. This seems to be in stark contrast to the pressure our society places on setting 1,5,10 year goals. I set goals for how I'd like to feel or for people I'd like to surround myself with. The good stuff naturally arises from these steps when the timing is right.
I know that my entire being is moving towards many things that I cannot fathom or express in words or under the heading "Goals for 2014". This feeling is compounded as I review my past year. The places I visited, the people I met, the teachers I encountered were more mind blowing than I ever could have possibly dreamed. So for this astonishment, I am glad to sit and ponder the limitless ability of our potential. There are no limits - to anything - than can hinder or fuel our growth. But we must choose to expand views, to see, to receive.
I will keep my feelings for the future within my subconscious until they have developed into words or phrases. Or they will simply erupt into existence as another aspect of myself and my life's work.
What I do know are words that capture 2013 for me, rather than one word for a new year. And I'm excited to see how they will influence my months ahead, what will remain and what will fall away….
My words from a beautiful 2013:
soften soft softer