I love the ritual of choosing a guiding word for the year. After learning about it several years ago, I started this practice myself, choosing the word POWER to guide me through the year 2013.
In that year, I got married, bought a house, was laid off from a job that no longer suited me, and was hired by a company with awesome benefits where I get to work with amazing people.
So many things I’d been wanting and dreaming of for ages came to fruition that year.
The following year, on a plane headed for our Caribbean honeymoon, I let a stream of words flow through my hand to the ink on the page. A long list of possible choices for 2014 appeared on the paper, most of them looking pretty serious in black and white…
I love these deep, weighty, self-reflective words, but I intuitively felt a need to expand beyond this comfort zone. A greater challenge for me would be embracing something more light-hearted, which is how I came to settle on the word PLAY for last year.
And I relaxed. I let go of my expectations, unrealistic goals, and philosophical intensity. I chose to slow down, be present, and have more fun. We traveled and ate amazing food and I took photos everywhere we went.
There were trips to Cape Cod to see celebrate anniversaries, visit with old friends and walk along the water. I set up my sewing machine on the dining table and sewed stacks of blankets, burp cloths, pieced together two quilts and made cute little stuffed animals for the baby I was growing in my belly. I got to know my yoga mat again and cooked delicious meals in my tiny kitchen.
I felt like a kid again, playing with my fabric, toys and art supplies. It was a much needed retreat and hibernation that deeply refreshed my heart and soul. I felt more Leah than I have in ages.
As last year came to a close, I welcomed little August Bison and melted happily into my new role as his mama. I knew I wanted to find a word for 2015 that would help guide me through the journey of motherhood. There are significant changes I’d like to manifest this year in body, mind and spirit. But I have don’t have any idea yet what those small baby steps are to get from here to here.
This is how I came to choose this year’s soul mantra…ALLOW
I don’t know how exactly how to bring my desires to fruition so I will be calling on powers bigger than me to help. I’ll be talking to my spirit guides. I’ll reach out to my community of friends and loved ones. I’ll be meditating on growth, expansion, and connection.
I can’t force things to happen, I have to allow them to unfold. I’ll have to create this year in a spirit of trust and faith and have the wisdom to allow the path to appear before I take each step.
Have you already found your word for 2015? If so, please share yours here in the comments so we can all help one another along our paths. And I’ll be sending lots of love and light your way, my friends.