It's 2019 and I hope yours is a joyous journey!
For a while now, I've known people who choose a word for the year to guide them in their vision and purpose. I see this phenomenon as a meaningful practice. Choosing a word acknowledges our ability to create what we desire in life and we all need focus and guidance.
I've been choosing a word (or it me) for about 5 years. But, recently, I've fallen out of flow with it; a year just feels too long. I figured, since I'm already writing about how the seasons affect us creatively, why not write about how it affects this word choosing process since this process is the most creative act we can engage with at a foundational level.
Here is what I've heard from intentional, successful people about their word of the year (WOTY):
Like the people I spoke to, I've experienced this. I would often forget to use my word and even make myself wrong about not wanting to create from that space any longer. The juice and energy behind had waned. The truth is: I often feel complete with my word by Fall, when a new word whispers in my ear.
(If this doesn't happen for you, I'm not suggesting you take a different action, but if it does, be open).
By creating a WOTY from intention and flow (and I would say Divine flow), we are engaging with that part of us who knows we are powerful creators. Your process for choosing a word for the year is a wonderful tool for guidance and manifesting. The problem is, we place too many rules and rigidity onto that process, just like we do with other creative acts.
If, at any point, you feel strongly called to work with another word, and you ignore that in favor of sticking to your WOTY, you are ignoring your inner wisdom. This wisdom lives in the present only.
You might feel inspired to work with your word for an entire year, half the year, or even a season. If sticking to one word for the whole year feels rigid and lackluster, honor yourself by CHOOSING AGAIN from present moment awareness (like you did in January). Allow yourself to be complete when you are complete. There's no need to put yourself into a box. It won't serve you.
This is about trusting yourself and being in flow. We know that being in flow can help us create with more ease and joy. So why do we ignore that?
If you decide to use a guiding word or phase, do it YOUR WAY. That will have much more power behind it.
Do it late
Do it shorter
Do it longer (one word not enough? make a manifesto)
Change your word
Or, don't do it all!
For me, this is the first year that I am allowing myself to be done when I an done...with this word business and, well, most everything. I am creating a guiding statement for the Winter, which includes words I currently find irresistible: purpose, satisfaction and pleasure, belief and practice! In Spring, I will check-in again and see in which areas I wish to expand...and so on and so on. I invite you to join me in this seasonal word choosing process.
We are a part of nature, and we too move (and create) in cycles. So, let these words give you permission--not that you need it--to be part of this natural world so you can create flow and ease in your life.
A quick overview of how to be in flow, seasonally (if that is how you roll):
Somewhere along the way, we have superimposed the actions of Spring onto January! So, if you don't resonate will all this production-oriented language and goal-setting talk, you are not alone. It is, literally, not natural for many of us. Instead, prepare for what you are about to birth and take exquisite care of yourself and your community.
I will leave you with this perfect quote from Lao Tzu:
“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”