For the past three years in a row I’ve chosen a special word to crystallize a theme and focus for my life for the upcoming year. For 2013, my word was awake. I felt like I had gained a working spiritual understanding of the Universe, life, and my place in it, and like Rumi says in one of my favorite poems, I didn’t want to “go back to sleep.” In 2014, it was flow. I was learning about radical acceptance and surrender, so it was my intention to just flow with what is and not struggle against reality. Last year, my word was beloved. I wanted to focus on self-love and to feel deeply that I am a beloved child of the Universe, deserving of love and abundance (as are we all).
This year my word is align. On the surface it seems similar to “flow” but for me the word align is less passive and has more of a connotation of conscious action. Imagine life as a river. If I’m flowing, I’m just sitting in the boat with my oars pulled up, riding on the current. Sometimes we need to learn to do just that, and two years ago it was my season for that lesson. But now it’s my time to align and row with the current. I’m sitting up, I’m paying attention, and I’m using my oars to paddle away from debris. I’m taking care not to get hung up on sandbars or veer too close to the shore. If the river forks, I will consciously choose which way to go, while knowing that ultimately all streams lead to the ocean.
Aligning is about matching my personal will with Divine Will. For me, Divine Will isn’t about the capricious whims of a guy-in-the-sky…that’s not my understanding or experience of the way things work. It’s more about how everything — everything — ultimately serves my soul’s growth if I remember to approach life from the perspective of my Higher Self. Divine Will is what’s happening — the river. Aligning is choosing if, when and how to row.
How about you, lovely reader? Have you chosen a word for 2016?