My friend Laurie just published a beautiful post in which she named her word for the year. Rather than make a resolution or several, she selects a word to set the tone for the year. Hers for 2015 is ‘savor’.
I think that is a wonderful word.
It got me thinking about what mine is and I have decided that 2015 will be the year of ‘expansion.’
I feel the energy of that word coursing through me right now as I write this.
I am riding a wave of positive momentum which arose from some challenging times last year, most of which were created by my limited thinking.
Expansion is always occurring, which is why we feel so crappy when we are out of alignment with it.
That crappy feeling can give way to some pretty amazing revelations though, as was my experience.
It brought me back to myself in a deeper way and made me get clear on what I really want to do.
I faced the inevitable fear which arose from changing course, but since becoming intimate with it, it no longer had the power to keep me playing small.
I planned a meditation and yoga retreat in Bali, putting my faith to the test. When I hit publish on the announcement, it felt like free-falling, much like when we left our jobs and sold our home to travel.
I have learned that the things we are meant to do feel like free-falling at first.
It means we are charting new territory and creating something new (usually ourselves).
When we follow our bliss into something, however, we have the laws of the universe at our back (and front and left and right; above and below and within).
We cannot fail. We can only learn.
I have learned that I must have faith in my own worth before anyone else will. And I do. I finally do. I falter a bit, of course, but then I only need to feel my beating heart to remember my worthiness is inherent.
Perhaps another word for this year could be ‘manifestation,’ because I feel like the seeds I planted in stillness (and doubt, and confusion) last year are finding their way through fertile soil into the light.
When I look toward the year ahead, I see that our ideas, like seeds, carry the potential for manifestation within them. All we need to do is plant and water them.
Tomorrow I will begin a twelve week journey of connection and transformation with a wonderful group of people. (JOIN US!!!)
Between sharing and connecting on the e-retreat, I’ll be learning to snowboard (again). It’s been years since I’ve done it, and back then I didn’t have the time, conditions or mental clarity to enjoy it.
We applied for a three-month house sit in Colorado due to its proximity to a ski resort with well priced season passes. It’s a new experience for us to live in below freezing temperatures at 9,000 ft but one which we are really excited about.
More ideas have expanded into reality and I feel like we really can do whatever we believe we can.
We are the creators of our destiny and also our limitations.
I’m sure the next three months will throw up some challenges, but I know they will only serve in expanding my ideas about myself and what I can do.
I don’t have any resolutions or goals for this year, but I have a clearer vision of what I am walking toward. And with every step, I will be expanding into fuller expression, more creativity, deeper presence and greater service.
I’ll be headed to Bali in August to meditate with 11 amazing women (and counting!) for a week. (JOIN US!!!)
I recently received an email from a woman I’ve never met who is giving herself the gift of the Bali retreat for her birthday and taking the leap to do something she has never done before. It became very clear to me that only by expanding ourselves beyond our limitations can we encourage others to do the same.
And I hope to do much more of that together in 2015. I hope your year is filled with the blessings of your choosing!