I was speaking to a client this week and she has a yearly practice which she, and many of her friends, have adopted. Instead of sitting down at the beginning of a New Year to make a list of Resolutions, she chooses one word which she would like to have to describe her year ahead.
This word could be “Truth” “Engage” “Strength” “Perspective” “Silence” – anything, really, that you choose.
This one word may describe something you may wish to address regularly. It could be something you find challenging, or elusive. In yoga, we call this a sankalpa (in sanskrit), We regularly choose one word at the beginning of each yoga practice, a word to return to in all circumstances. We may choose to keep this to ourselves. Or not. It is a precise declaration of good intention, that motivates you and aligns with your core.
My word this year is “Action“. I have chosen to meditate on this, for various reasons. My husband, James, has chosen “Opportunity“. 🙂
If you share your word with you friends and family, this will also make you accountable. They will remind you of your word, when they notice your patterns (that you have consciously chosen to address) emerging. Text your word as a New Year greeting! Don’t you love this idea?
What is your word for 2013? I’d love to share my practice with you.