The idea of choosing One Powerful Word as your guidepost for the new year seems to have a highly positive magnetic charge. There's so much excitement and enthusiasm for this simple alternative to New Year's Resolutions. If you haven't chosen your word yet, that's OK. There's no rush. Let it germinate and blossom in its own time. You'll find inspiration and simple tips for choosing and working with your perfect word in my original blog post - One Powerful Word: A Simple Approach to New Year's Resolutions - and in this article too.
By the way, we can cheat! One word, two, or three - it's all good. It's all OK.
Your Powerful Words
It was a supreme pleasure to hear your enthusiasm and read your chosen words in your comments. Here are the words that you have either embraced or been seriously tempted by:
- Balancing Serenity and Full Throttle Ahead
- Continuous and Never Ending Improvement (CANI)
- Creativity - Express and Embrace
- Just Breathe!
- Kindness and Positivity
- Nying je - the Supreme Emotion
- Peace and Abundance
- Rise and Shine, Sunshine
- Simplify and Grow
My One Powerful Word 2011: Healing
Almost all of us need healing in one way or another, don't we?
It might be a small hurt from sharp words, a funny kink in an important relationship, a deep childhood wound, a severe trauma, or sudden serious illness that's caused us to lose our ground.
But sometimes healing isn't easy to come by.
Then the planets shift. A karma completes. Grace penetrates. The time is suddenly and gorgeously ripe for healing.
I didn't choose healing. Healing chose me.
It all began gradually last summer, a month or two before my birthday. In astrology, this is the time of the solar return when themes and issues in your life naturally shift. It's not the exact time of your birth time. It may be the day before or the day after and it changes each year. As astrologer Mary Fortier Shea explains.
"A solar return chart is a chart erected for the time that the transiting Sun returns to the position of the natal Sun."
"The significance of the solar return runs birthday to birthday, with a three month overlap at the beginning and end of each year. The symbolism of the new solar return can be felt as much as three months before the birthday by very intuitive people. Usually, at this time, one becomes aware of new directions, opportunities, and problems. …On the other hand, the significance of the old solar return may not feel passé until three months after your birthday."
This may be one reason that many people aren't successful with New Year's Resolutions. It's not a natural time to make changes for everyone.
Since my own birthday in September, I've noticed an increase in spontaneous occurrences related to healing. For example, I happened upon a medical intuitive who graciously tuned in and told me the name of a specific remedy I need. I didn't know this person and didn't ask for a reading. It was a brief, chance encounter. I may never see her again.
So HEALING is my One Powerful Word 2011
Profound healing. Deep healing. Joyful healing. Playful healing.
Healing encompasses faith, contentment, comfort and ease - the other contenders for my 2011 extraordinary word. A single word doesn't have to be limiting. Like a jewel with many facets it can and most likely will reflect different aspects of your transformative process.
What am I healing?
- A frazzled nervous system
- An overactive immune system
- The remnants of trauma
My Healing Tool Kit
Here's my healing toolkit:
- meditation and mindfulness
- loving kindness
- faith and trust
- breathing exercises
- the elements
- chi gong
- expressive writing - blogging and journaling
- eco-friendly conscious living
- intuition and receptivity
- NAET and other unconventional approaches to healing
- meaningful relationships
Meditation itself is profoundly healing. It's the core of my approach to wellness and a primary focus in my life.
“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” - Buddha
What does healing mean to me? This definition captures the essence of healing:
"Healing means to 'to make whole.' It, in fact derives from the same root as 'health' and 'whole.'
from The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook - A Guide to Healing, Recovery, and Growth by Glen R. Shiraldi
Recovery means returning to your former state of health. That may not always be possible.
But healing - feeling whole again - always is. Here's a toast to feeling whole again. For me and for you!
Have you chosen One Powerful Word for 2011? Please tell us in the comments and let us know how the process has been for you.
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