In the last couple of years a new trend started where instead of coming up with a new year’s resolution (which ultimately fails in most cases), we declare a one-word theme for the year. The word’s intent hopefully inspires and motivates us to look at, strive for, and experience all angles of this word and how it relates and impacts our day-to-day lives.
Back in November the word “question” came to mind for my theme. The idea being that throughout the year I would question everything, both internally and externally.
- Why do I do what I do?
- What motivates me to do something? Ego? Heart’s desire? Divine inspiration?
- What about my beliefs and opinions? About me? About others? About our human existence? Are they true? real? delusional?
- What aspects of myself do I want to keep? What do I want to change or delete?
For this “question” word, Byron Katie’s “The Work” comes to mind as a tool that could help with this process.
The Second Word
Within the last month, a second word bubbled up in my mind: “notice”. This word reminds me to be present in the moment, leaning into consciousness, my “awareness of being” (from Michael A. Singer’s “The Untethered Soul”). When “noticing” I become an objective observer of my current experience. From this space, I can be feeling whatever emotion and yet be very aware that I’m having this emotion from this calm state of awareness, from my observer Self.
Rather than jumping into the fray and reacting in auto-pilot mode, I can just be present with it, knowing that from this space I’ll know more clearly what to do next.
Phrases that help me with this:
- that’s interesting (as in, “that’s interesting, that person just cut me off in traffic and a part of me feels very angry about it”)
- how curious (as in, “how curious is it that I can feel that I am in “flight or fight” mode, and yet I’m very aware of it and its physical and emotional effect on me”)
- “I chose power.” This is my favorite go-to phrase when I want to fully engage my calm, objective observer state. By power, I mean our own Inner Light Power; the one that em-powers us to be fully present in body, mind, and spirit.
The beauty of the “noticing” state? It gives us that extra moment where we can consciously and knowingly feel what’s happening and at the same time let our conscious awareness of it diffuse it.
I decided to make my own rules and go with both words, with the intention of embracing both of them throughout the year; to “notice” and “question” everything. On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being most aware), I’d say (right now anyway) I’m probably levitating between level 1 and 2.
So what’s your 2019 word (or two or three)? And why?
Love and Blessings,
The Mandala Lady