Who are you becoming in 2017? What’s stirring in you right now? What does it feel like?
This is an exercise in naming your word for 2017. By this, I mean to name the quality that you want to be operative in your body and mind this year. If you’re not sure, I encourage you to spend some time reflecting and journaling about it. Make sure you don’t just ask your head. Ask your heart and body as well. Make sure there is agreement and integration.
To do this, close your eyes. Pause soften and breath. Release the lower half of your body into the support of the earth. Exhale down into your sits bones, your pelvis, your legs and your feet. Feel the earth beneath you. Then inhale, and draw the breath up through the central channel of the body, what yogis call the shushumna nadi. Take the breath all the way up to the crown of your head, toward the sky. Now, spend a few breath cycles moving the energy up and down the length of your spine to clear this channel. After a few rounds of breath, inhale and breath into the front of your body and feel into your individual desire to evolve and move forward in life. Then, exhale and breathe into the back side of your body. Lean back energetically, feeling into the mystery that is the universe. The universe has your back. Create an attitude and inner stance of receptivity and curiosity. Notice how you feel. Notice what is stirring in you. How is that you desire to feel in this next year? Drop that question down into your body and notice how the body responds. Let the answer bubble up without forcing it and take notice of the words that arise.
The word could be:
CLARITY, EMPOWERMENT, EASE, EXPANSION, COMPASSION, COMMUNICATION, CONNECTIVITY, HUMILITY, LEADERSHIP, WISDOM, EMPATHY, STABILITY, GROUNDEDNESS, SELF-CARE, KINDNESS… or..?
What is the word for you? Once you feel it, really feel it. Taste it. Smell it. See it. Touch it. Feel into it from a cellular level. Name it and embrace it. Write it down. Put it in a prominent place where you can see it every day.
Then, create for yourself a plan so that you can make this word truly operative.
In 2016, STRETCH was the word that was most operative in my physiology. While I didn’t consciously name this word at the beginning of the year, I did certainly create the circumstances that would ensure that this word was operative and I own that this was my word. In 2016, I stretched myself a lot. I grew and expanded in many areas of my life professionally, personally and in family life. I got intimate with my growing edges. I got intimate with the exhilaration, the prickliness, the discomfort and the thrill of stretching my beyond my perceived limits. The stretching wasn’t always comfortable, but it was totally worth it. I learned a lot and I’m satisfied with what I accomplished, what I learned, and how I grew.
While STRETCH is in large part how we evolve, and while I still expect to STRETCH myself in 2016, it is not the word I am choosing to be most operative in 2017. After a period of stretching, one needs a bit of a break. So, my word for 2017 is EASE. This is not to say that I expect to sit around (although I have been choosing to spend more evenings cozy on the couch lately and I LOVE that), but I do intend to create more EASE in my life.
EASE happens naturally for me when there is stability, predictability, boundaries and lastly, when I consciously take the time to soak in the good. Here is my action plan for making EASE operative in 2017:
Who am I becoming? I am becoming someone who chooses to cultivate the habits and conditions that make her feel EASEFUL in her life and physiology.
OK, that’s my word and my plan for 2017. What about you? What is your word?
Drop me a line and share who you are becoming in 2017 and what that feels like!
Annie Barrett. Educator, certified health coach yoga instructor.