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Word for the Year

 

For the last few years in place of New Year's resolutions, I have instead chosen a word for my year. The word is meant to encapsulate my hopes for the coming months. It is meant as an intention, a notification to the Universe that this is what I want more of in my life. Picking just one word for the year frees me from the hamster wheel of self improvement projects (and encourages the idea that I am enough). Instead it allows the freedom to let the year unfold in a general direction.

My word for 2013 was sustainable, a balance of caring for others and caring for myself. How did I do? Maybe not so well at first. There was a running injury (my fault, over training), some nights I could have slept a bit more, some days I forgot to eat lunch and ended up so hungry that I inhaled sugary pastries at 3 PM. There were days that my home space was dirty and whole weeks when I didn't practice meditation. I kept reminding myself, though, sustainable, not perfect. And gradually things leveled out. I'm at my beloved office a lot, but I'm also back into yoga 3 days a week, with a balance of running and resistance training that I know I can keep up in the long term. I make my green smoothie almost every morning and a big pot of hearty soup once a week for lunches, and I sleep 7 hours most nights. I've found time to spend with family and new and old friends. I've found time to spend on my own spirituality. It's not perfect--far from it--but it's balanced and sustainable.

My word for 2014 is abundance. I've noticed that all the small wonderfulness of each day can often be eclipsed by the to do's. I want to set an intention to slow down, to make a practice of noticing the richness that is mine: the fruit in the bowl, the flowers on the table (and the person who brought the flowers!), that the chirping text message means that someone loves or needs me (or both!), that the wear and tear on my 7-year-old yoga mat really just means that I was fortunate enough to use it a lot, that the fact that I'm out of tea again really means that I have served many lovely guests. Abundance.

And you? What is a word to best describe your intentions for 2014?

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