Monday, January 4, 2010

What's the Word?

"Well, what is it? I'm waiting..." (tap tap tap)

(Looks like Someone needs to trim Her claws. Ahem.)

Lots of people choose words for the year nowadays. Zoe and I think this is a really cool idea.

It's sort of like choosing a mantra. It gives you a criteria of sorts. Something to work on. Something to center you and bring you back to your path if you should step off.

Zoe and I have both been thinking about our words. (Truthfully, I think I may have thought a little more about it than the Rabbit.)

Last year, my word was Truth. Satya.

The goal for me was to be more Truthful. The meaning of that seems obvious, right? I don't mean to suggest that I'm a pathological liar. I mean to say, however, that I was searching for my own Truth and struggling to be more honest with myself and those around me about not only where I want to go in my life, but also how I want to get there.

It ended up that Truth meant for me making conscious choices about whom I want to dictate that path. Do I dictate that path? Or, does the world around me dictate that path?

Of course you know the answer.

THE RABBIT! The Rabbit is in charge of all decisions!!!

Sorry. Miss Zoe got control of the keyboard for a moment.

So, I was saying... Truth.

What was most amazing to me was how I would pretty much forget that I even had a word, but that it kept coming back as a theme, and I would be taken a bit aback by the synchronicity of it all. Something would happen, and later I would think, "Oh, yeah, that makes sense. It's all part of the theme." Truth kept indirectly (or perhaps very directly) moving me along on my year's journey.


I'm still working on Truth. That seems sort of like a life-long kind of project, doesn't it? But it's a new year, and therefore, a new word must come along to help Truth out a little.

This year's word is an extension of last year's. Learning to be more Truthful is one thing, but for me the second half of that is Feeling the Truth.

2010's word? FEEL.

I'm a bit of an idiot savant in the repression department, so for me FEEL is a big one. Big One!

I will be more mindful of Feeling my emotions.

I will be more aware about how those Feelings affect my every day experience.

I will learn how those Feelings shape and mold me into a Bigger and Better me.

I will FEEL and not be fearful.

(Of course, I will unabashedly FEEL the Softness of the Rabbit.)

That is my vow for 2010.
As for the Zoe, She still hasn't come up with anything. But She is open to your suggestions.

Let your ideas flow freely. Perhaps She will choose YOUR SUGGESTION!!


StorytellERdoc said...

Great word for you, M! And may I remind you, when offered a hug from someone with good intentions, really really FEEL it, don't just go through the motions! Great post!

Emma said...

"Feel" is a good one! (And sometimes you will feel fearful, but that is OK, too!)

Hey, I already gave word suggestions for Zoe, didn't I? Yes! What were they? Well, I forget.

Anonymous said...

Oh, FEEL....I like that one!

Slowing down and b-r-e-a-t-h-i-n-g has been instrumental in giving myself permission to recognize, acknowledge, and FEEL my feelings. It can be SO foreign sometimes (I, too, have an advanced degree in repression!) ~ but it's very cool and liberating when you get the hang of it.

And....ultimately, the process then leads you back to....well, your Truth. How cool is that???

I wish you a year of successful, healthy FEELING :-)

Jeanne Klaver said...

Feel is the perfect word. When you feel, you heal. Blessings to you.

karmacoy said...

I like it! I will be posting about my word(s) later this week....hopefully. I'm having a hard time getting out of holiday mode, I just don't FEEL like returning to reality yet!