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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

My Little Word

"Peace isn't an experience free of challenges, free of rough and smooth; it's an experience that's expansive enough to include all that arises without feeling threatened."   Pema Chödrön

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For the last several years I've chosen a word that would be my focus for the new year.  Last year my chosen word was blossom (to read the story behind last year's word, click here).  I originally learned about "one little word" from Ali Edwards and loved the idea so much I've chosen a new word every year since.  In Ali's words...

And what do you do with this one little word?  You live with it. You invite it into you life. You let it speak to you. You might even follow where it leads. There are so many possibilities.    

This year I've chosen, or I think I can say, the word that's chosen me, is Peace.  In the last week or so, since I've been thinking about what this year's word would be, a certain memory keeps surfacing.  I think I was about twelve when my teacher at the time asked the class what we most wanted from life.  I remember very immediately knowing that what I most wanted (for myself and others) was peace.  As this memory has continually returned to me lately, I've become very aware that what I most want is to feel peace, to create peace, to inspire peace, to BE peace.  Without it, everything else just feels empty and hard.   

2011 was a year of blossoming in so many ways.  Throughout the year I did several 41 day, very powerful started in February with 41 Days of Getting Quiet, followed by 41 Days of Simply Saying Yes, then 41 Days of Learning to Love this Body of Mine, then 41 Days of Creative/Dream Play.  There was a lot of declaring/claiming/committing/practicing/shedding.  I stepped more fully into my poet/creator self, I said yes to myself over and over again.  It was also a year of some seriously rocky moments, a ton of shedding/releasing of the old, non-serving ways.  Looking back, I'm realizing (in addition to it being energizing) it was quite tiring.  In fact, I feel tired right now just thinking about it all.

In Pema Chödrön's  words:  Peace isn't an experience free of challenges, free of rough and smooth; it's an experience that's expansive enough to include all that arises without feeling threatened.

I know that peace doesn't depend on what's happening.  It depends on how I respond to what's happening--it's an inside thing.  I don't ever expect (nor would I even want) life to be free of challenges.  What I want, though, is to allow for it be at peace with what IS.  To BE PEACE no matter what.

And now, the sun is shining!  I must turn this machine off and get outside. More soon!

To choosing peace!



  1. This is timely for me. I did this little exercise from Tara Sophia Mohr (pulled off Huffpo), in which she has you think through your 2012 plan by answering 12 questions. Her suggestion is to write your answers quickly, go with what occurs to you right away, and then leave the exercise for a while. Come back in a few days and look again.

    I realized how often I don't do that. I don't pause enough, there in that moment of learning. I tend to run off in search of the next big question or post or project. Your year was an amazing one, full of emotional truths. That you should sit with them a bit in 2012 makes perfect sense to me. I will try to do that more too.

    You are lovely. Peace, my friend. xo

  2. This is such a great word, such a clear and compassionate understanding and explanation of it, "it's an inside thing." My word is "retreat" (practice, balance, rest, and transformation)--I suspect I will find a little of this peace along the way as well. Much love to you in your year of peace.

  3. Peace. I love it Julia! Peace for you this year. I am breathing it in. Ahhhhh :)

  4. I feel comforted every time I come here. Thank you for sharing your heart.

    I love your word and your intentions for the year.
    May you be filled with peace, always.

    Love to you, Lis

  5. Hello Julia, I'm Jane a new follower of your lovely blog. thank you for creating such a lovely place to visit. May Peace be yours for 2012. My word is Lift. best wishes, Jane x

  6. I love this post. What a great word for this year. Sending love and honoring you.

  7. oh I love this post! speaks to my own journey to focus and create intention for my new year. I am focusing on being optimistic and positive and open to possibility and so my word for the year is YES!....I put a link for your post into my latest blog post. hope you do not mind.

    peace to one and all seems so fitting at this time, and to you dear one


  8. Hurrah!!! Much as I am 'off' online at the moment, I cannot resist stopping by here.. I am breathing deeply and thinking and feeling YES throughout my body to your word.

    A word didn't emerge for me even though I pondered it for a month. But my path is clear. Love is the way I walk in gratitude.

    Namaste, dear Julia xxx


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