Hello everyone, hope you’re having an awesome month. My piece that appeared in last months The Inspired Guide Magazine (here), I hope it inspires you.
I just love the freshness of a new year, don’t you? There’s so much possibility you can just feel it in the air. It’s a brand-new year, a brand-new slate. It’s an invitation for new beginnings, there’s a renewed sense of hope. Anything is possible.
One of the most powerful tools I have found to help me navigate through the year, is to have a word for the year. A word brings meaning, focus, joy. It shines the light on what I want to create, a gentle reminder that brings me back for when I lose myself.
I started the practice of having a word a few years ago and for the first couple of years I chose my word, but for the last five years, words have been choosing me. I now leave it up to the universe. Every year my word shows up in October and every year it’s the perfect word. My 2020 word is empowered, and empowered has been my saving grace this year.
The value of having a word
Your word is your comeback place, your center point, your companion. It will help you to stay focused on your goals, make decisions, and bring you back when you lose yourself in the every-day hustle. It sets a theme and paves the way. It’s your constant.
How to get a word
You can ask the universe for a word, stay open to receive, and trust that the perfect word will show up.
You can choose your word. One way is to first review the year, and then decide what you want for the following year.
Some questions to ask yourself –
What do you want to let go of? Change?
What do you want to invite more of in the coming year?
What do you want to nourish?
How do you want to feel?
You can write out a list of words as they come to you, highlight the ones that stick out, narrow it down to three, from these which one tugs at your heart? Once you find the word, hold on to it, see how it stays with you, carry it around for a week or so, see how you feel with it. You’ll know when it’s the right word.
Look it up in the dictionary, I’m always surprised at how much more meaning the word takes on.
What to do with your word –
Give it some love, bless your word and thank it for coming into your life.
Keep it visible, you can make it the wallpaper on your phone, write it on an index card, color it, decorate it, stick it on your bathroom mirror.
You can also use it as a mantra, in meditation, say it in an affirmation.
Some words to get you started
Empowered. Love. Mindfulness. Grateful. Success. Open. Focus. Space. Calm. Boundaries. Clarity. Movement. Health. Confident. Simplify…
You can also have more than one word. This year I chose ‘joy’ in February, because I wanted to feel joy and infuse joy in all I did. And ‘purpose’ showed up in July.
And at any time during the year if you feel your word no longer matches you, you’re free to change it.
You’re meant to feel good, to have a spectacular life, to experience miracles
You’re designing your life every day, live with gratitude, treat yourself special every day and have a magical word, a word that empowers you to achieve your desires.
Your word is a force of the universe, it’s powerful and joyful – it’s your magic potion.
Do you have a magical word for the year? I’d love to know.
COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2020