The process of choosing a word, or a set of words for the year ahead can be a really lovely way to create a vision for yourself. Susannah Conway introduced me to this concept several years ago, and ever since this has been a part of my new year ritual.
It can be as simple or as elaborate a ritual as you wish. For me is a bit of a process, a lot of free writing of words and concepts around my dreams and goals for the year ahead. It also involves reflection on the year that is being left behind, evaluation of feelings and experiences. The words generally flow for me, after some time to myself, some meditation and solitude.
The aim is to set some very clear intentions for your year ahead, for the you want to feel and the way you want to experience the next 365 days. I thought it might be helpful for me to reflect on the words that I have chosen for 2015:
PEACE: it has been a year of battle and struggle for me in a lot of ways, dealing with a person who has challenged my every value and fibre of my being. I have fought against her influence to the detriment of my own health, the health of my family and the wellbeing of many precious lives. It was the only way I could cope at the time, and of course with reflection it could have been done with more grace and more peace. The world seems to be in desperate need of more peace too, as we head into 2015. This word has been calling me for many months, so it was a bit of natural choice, it literally made itself known to me.
SURRENDER: Gabby Bernstein is responsible for this word and this concept. It is a tricky one, to surrender ourselves rather than fighting for or against something or someone. It leads on beautifully from the concept of peace. I understand now that I need to surrender more and worry less. I intend to put this into practice more and more this year.
MIRACLES: again this is a concept introduced to me by Gabby Bernstein. My understanding is that a miracle occurs when we choose love over fear. Such a hugely impactful process, yet fear is usually our default response. I intend to work on my ‘miracle mindset’ this year, and to choose love over fear more and more. On reflection, I believe that I have allowed fear to rule my life for too long.
Have you chosen any words to guide you into 2015?