December Daily #1

December 1 One Word.
Encapsulate the year 2010 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2011 for you?
(Author: Gwen Bell)

Still. It’s funny that I have chosen stillness. So many big moments made me tremble with joy this year:

  • seeing my books in print
  • celebrating my 40th birthday
  • Cama Beach with family and friends
  • the best visit with my parents, twice, here and in MN
  • moving into our newly remodeled house; it actually feels like a holy space now
  • my annual Boulder sojourn with Mary Fran

Still, it is stillness that helped me really capture my joy and deal with the traumas of daily life. I feel like I finally found a graceful unfolding within myself that helped ease the air within and around me. My kids are glad about this. I found it through a simple mantra that I repeat whenever I need to hear it: “I am still.” I keep finding stillness and beauty and pause through meditation, yoga, running, and though simply being present with my friends and family. Really there and really still. Lovely. Thank you, stillness.

What would I like next year’s word to be? Present. I think of this as stillness’ twin sister. I want to be really present in a moment as often as possible. I want to keep working on quieting my mind and opening myself up to hear what each moment is asking from me.

Reverb 10 is an annual event and online initiative to reflect on your year and manifest what’s next.

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