No 2015 resolution but a 2015 Word….
I’m a thinker, in fact I over-think and over-process often. I am prone to headaches and lying awake at night. My mind and I have a love hate relationship. It likes to make lists and sort through stuff and I have to engage in my ‘calming’ practices to get it to chill out. I think it is an Aries trait also. I am also a ‘doer’. I get things done. I am productive and constructive and busy – often. I don’t think busy is such a great thing for me either. So when thinking about 2014 – how it was and 2015 -how I wish to be a, word came to mind. One that could assist me to slow down and above all else enjoy. It would help me to let go of my mind madness and busy bee energy. My 2015 word ….. Savouring!
Now when you savour a good meal or movie, or book, or wine what do you do? You engage with all your senses, you allow yourself to get lost in the moment, you are fully present, you relish in it. Now you could say that it is the same as mindfulness but look at that word ‘mind-full-ness”. I want my mind out of it and my being into it. In any given moment if I asked myself ‘Am I savouring this experience?’ it instantly brings me back to a feeling place, a sensing place, a connected place and that my friends is how and where I want to be in 2015.
Even if the moment isn’t particularly palatable – if I am ‘savouring’ I can view it as an exotic taste. One that is unfamiliar or uncomfortable, but if I am open to it, could show me something more or refine my taste. If I don’t let my mind jump into judgement or pre-perception, I may just discover that it isn’t as bad as I thought.
So many of our actions, routines and everyday activities we do automatically. We don’t even think about them let alone do them consciously. If I was savouring, fully engaging, being as a child… what would I discover? Would it make those activities more enjoyable, more interesting, more engaging? I think so. Where does my joy come from? The simple things. But it is often the simple things I do by rote. So I figure I could savour the crap out of them – taste what it feels like to wash my hair, water the plants, pat my dog.
And when it is time to think, to be busy, to work then I will savour that too. Not divide my space but be right there, in it. I have a feeling it would allow more freedom and creativity to flow. I know it will take some practice, I have been ‘rushing’ a long time but I will have the image of creamy icecream, mangoes and lychees in my thoughts to help remind me to savour 2015.
Do you have a 2015 word?