Happy New Year! This 2012 is gonna be a big one. I can feel it. Sometime in 2011, a client of mine told me that every year she chooses a single banner word for that 12 months. It's a theme to work with, something to practice, and inevitably, a thread that weaves itself through her internal experience throughout the year.
Now, I do a lot of (usually wordy) visioning work, so this idea of one word or theme really spoke to me. I decided to take it on. After much listening, I have adopted the word ALIVENESS for 2012.
I often get the feedback that I'm full of vitality. But it's not been uncommon for me to feel as though my aliveness dims in the face of relationship struggles, parts of the creative process, or the strategic aspects of my business. When this happens, I contract a bit (or a lot), pull away from those I love or get antagonistic with them, the world seems less colorful, my vision narrows, I feel stuck or overwhelmed, my breath is more shallow, and I might find myself on Facebook when I was "supposed" to be on task. My productivity tanks. I don't feel much. Generally, I'm uninspired and just kind of...meh.
Sure, this type of contraction is normal and happens to everybody. And eventually it passes. Always (at least in my experience). But! There's a significantly more empowering way to work with this kind of experience to bring more aliveness, vitality, potency, and sensation to my (or your) body and therefore, to everything I do. It involves healthy boundaries, a really precise and fine-tuned listening to my internal tempo, and a variety of body-based techniques. It's an art. A dance.
When I do this, I feel my heart warm and blossom open, I get a visceral hit of my power and see possibilities and opportunities where before I saw grey, I smile more readily, emotion expresses easily through me, my senses wake up in an almost orgasmic sensory pleasure, I'm super productive, and perhaps most fun of all, I'm truly available to be fed by deep and nourishing connections with others. Relationships feel good, even if they're challenging! Really good! I feel my unique essence shining through! Life is delicious! Vibrant! (And most sentences end with !!!).
So, in 2012, I'm bringing more aliveness to all areas of my life not just because it feels so damn good. But because it feels crucial in order to step into my power more, serve more, manifest more, love more, and be the fucking rockstar woman I know I'm meant to be.
Here's to your aliveness! Leave a comment below and let me know the word or theme you're currently working with!