Happy New Year! If you are like me, you awoke today with a feeling of possibility. It’s a whole new year. What in the world might happen? While the year will have surprises for you that you could never have imagined, it is also very malleable, and it can be manipulated with your intention (and follow-up action). While my annual birthday list really qualifies as my resolution project, I do like to start the year by naming my intention and capturing my vision for the 365 days ahead of me. Today, let’s talk about naming our intention.
What is an intention? It’s a desire to act in a certain way, a resolve. And I believe that every year should have a flavor to it– a flavor fueled by intention rather than accident. I capture my intention for the year by choosing a word to describe how I want to act, the way I want to be during that year. Past words for my years have included voice, peace, wellness, expansiveness.
As I start to consider my word for the new year, I reflect on the year that has just passed. In what ways did I experience joy, synchronicity, authenticity. In what ways did those things elude me? In what ways was I my best self? In what ways did I miss the boat? All of those reflections aren’t done in a critical way– they simply offer me information for me to build and grow from in the new year. Reflection isn’t about beating yourself down. It’s about giving yourself the information you need to build yourself up and offer more of your gifts to the world (keep in mind that you are a necessary part of the world\’s healing and so getting yourself aligned is part of healing the world). That’s what having another day is about– one more chance to try and do things more authentically, more purposefully, more passionately while experiencing joy, love, and possibility.
After I’ve reflected on my past year, I start to hone in on words that resonate with me, that might actually capture what I want from this next year. I try those words on for a few days, see if one might particularly summarize what I am feeling about this new year. Usually, one really bubbles up. The one year, in recent memory, that I forced a word and didn’t wait for it to really come to me clearly, I didn’t quite capture the right intention (not that there is really a way to get this wrong, just that there is a difference between forcing a word and receiving a word as guidance for your year).
This year’s choice came to me in November and though I’ve pondered other words, this one just keeps making itself known so I am trusting my subconscious to know my truth and that truth is that my intention for 2012 is:
whole·heart·ed adj. \ˈhōl-ˈhär-təd\