Last year, instead of setting goals or resolutions for 2010, I selected a word of the year. This proved to be an extremely powerful tool for me. I wrote a post all about my 2010 word (ease) and was honored to have my post featured on the amazing Christine Kane's blog a couple of weeks ago. I hope you'll click over and check it out. (And she's been sharing word-of-the-year guest posts every day for a few weeks, so lots of great inspiration over there.)
As a new year draws near, I want to invite everyone to choose a word for 2011. (For those of you going through the process in The Love Your Life Creation Kit, I suggest choosing one of your "yes" feeling states as your word of the year.) Once you've selected your word, you can use Christine Kane's discovery tool for delving more deeply into the meaning of your word.
I encourage you to explore your word in as many ways as possible. I've found that engaging my right brain in the exploration process helps me intimately connect with what I'm hoping to move toward and opens me up to embodying my word in all sorts of interesting ways. I've put together some questions for exploration that were helpful to me personally and might help you as well. You can grab the questions in the form of a worksheet, and I'm also listing them below with my own answers for my 2011 word, which is flow.
Explore Your Word:
How does your word sound? like waves, like rain, like a whisper, like a babbling brook
How does your word taste? like honeydew, like garden tomatoes, like fresh herbs, like summer berries
How does your word feel? cool, soft, smooth - like a seashell.
How does your word smell? like cucumbers and fresh mint
How does your word move? like liquid, like a stingray, like chiffon scarves in a gentle breeze
If your word was a color, what would it be? teal
If your word was a fabric, what would it be? silk
If your word was a place, what would it be? the beach at dusk
If your word was an animal, what would it be? a dolphin
Brainstorm any other words, phrases, images, etc. that come to mind when you think of your word. hot tea, calm, open, sand, linen, white, free, alive, fresh, pure, spring, soar, blue, green, serene, receptive, moon, starfish, palms open, meditation, breathe, lavender, clean, sensual, sky, rest, peace, energy, wings, love, connection, juniper, sincere, authentic, creative, poetry, piano, shower, allow, honest
I would love to hear all about your word in the comments! And if you think of any additional questions that might help us explore our words, please share those as well.
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