My transition into 2011 was marked by a physical response I’ve recently come to know signifies energetic shifts, both within and around me. It’s a response that has followed each of my journeys into creative process painting, the Point Zero Method. Somewhat daunting and quite uncomfortable, I’m coming to trust it’s meaning and message.
As I took some quiet time to move and clear the energies, to ponder the momentousness of this new year and its personal meaning, I recalled the practice of having a one word prayer or mantra for the year. Introduced to me by my other “Halifax Sister,” and taken on a birthday, anniversary, beginning of the year or other auspicious occasion, one word is a simple, easy focus for orientation, contemplation, mindfulness and presence.
I’ve chosen COURAGE. Tender, loving, kind courage.
However later in the day when I was catching up on some emails that led me to this YOUTUBE video , featuring “Little Grandmother” Keisha Crowther, I realized COURAGE had chosen me.
“The root of the word courage is “cor” – the Latin word for heart. In one of its earliest forms, the word courage literally had a very different definition than it does today. Courage originally meant “To speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.” Over time, this definition has actually changed, and today, courage is synonymous with being heroic or performing brave deeds.
Heroics and bravery are important, but I think we’ve lost touch with the idea that speaking honestly and openly about who we are and about our experiences (good and bad) is the ultimate courage. Heroics is often about putting your life on the line. Ordinary courage is about putting your vulnerability on the line. In today’s world, that’s pretty extraordinary.”
So COURAGE it is. My one word prayer for the New Year. What’s yours?