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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 practices...it 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 all...to 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!