Every January I read about people choosing a word that will define or be the focus of their year ahead. They choose powerful words like TRUST, OPEN, REST. And although I truly love this concept as I’m all about having a spiritual focus, I just realized why I have never chosen a word for the year myself.
Because choosing a word of the moment works so much better (for me).
Let me explain. For the past 30+ years, I have had a mantra or word that keeps me focused toward what I most want to learn, change or manifest IN THIS MOMENT. Whatever phrase or word I choose literally gets my heart excited as I think or say it, dropping me deeply into the present moment.
The odd thing about this process is that I don’t consciously go about choosing the word or mantra.
It just starts showing up in my life, and after repeating it to myself anywhere from 5 to 20 times, and feeling the affect the words have in my body, I realize that it is the word or mantra meant to support me in THIS MOMENT.
Then inevitably, after a few months of frequently saying this word or mantra, it looses its power to bring me into the present moment. Without consciously deciding to change it, another one will show up that has the same affect in my body as the one before it, reminding me to be fully present.
For instance, during the spring of 2020, every time I said or thought the word “spaciousness”, my heart would tingle, I would drop all thoughts, and for that moment, I was completely present.
Over time (2-3 months), this word lost its effect, and it organically changed into “being in joy”. I created an entire collection last summer repeating this phrase over and over again. Then after several months, it shifted again into the word “consciousness”.
And just recently my word transformed into “pause”, which makes my whole body relax and drop into the present moment even as I type this. In fact, I love this word soooo much, that I have painted the word onto 11 small pieces of paper and taped them all over my studio as constant reminders!
There is no doubt that my current love affair with “pause” will change into an equally powerful word two to three months from now.
Even though the words/mantras shift over time, their purpose is always the same –
To help me be fully present, no matter what is happening on the surface.
The results of this simple ritual of repeating a word or mantra are nothing short of miraculous.
- “found” amazing jobs that I wasn’t qualified for, or even tried to find (more about that here)
- created an art collection that nearly sold out in 24 hours
- navigated through breast cancer believing it was the best thing that ever happened to me (it was)
- so many more examples, but the bottom line is this…
I attribute ALL of the “miracles” that I’ve experienced to using a word or mantra to keep me focused on the precious present moment.
And all I do is say a single word over and over again, and allow the words to shift over time.
I’m curious how YOU use words to support your journey. Do you use a word of the year or moment? Please share to help us all expand how words and thoughts repeated over time have the power to transform our world.