I have seen many choose a word in the beginning of the year that is used as their mantra until the year’s end.
I always liked the idea, but could never settle on one word to sum it all up.
Several months back, through a conversation with a close friend she mentioned that she kept being reminded to “be still”. She had been going through stressful and painful situations and she said the words came to her while she was riding on the bus one day.
We talked about the meaning of “being still”, exchanged a few Bible verses together, and I prayed that she would find strength and comfort in those words. I failed to realize at the time that our conversation was as much for me as it was for her.
Months passed and I didn’t think about the words, “be still”, again. But a few weeks ago, I came across the following pin:
The moment I saw the word “stillness” I was moved by how it spoke to me.
Stillness literally means silence and the absence of motion. For me, it means to stop rushing through life in my day-to-day busyness and set aside time to reflect and take a breath.
Yet, stillness is not about standing perpetually still, but about finding focus in the stillness. Honing in on your purpose, dreams, goals and not losing yourself in the process of obtaining them.
Being still is also about staying grounded and humble in the midst of success as well as gathering peace and strength in the moments of perceived failure.
Stillness is about listening to your body, mind, and spirit to know what areas need more attention and what needs to be expelled out. For example, are there negative thoughts or emotions that are intoxicating your wellbeing? Have you been so focused on taking care of your physical body that you have neglected your mental health? Or are you hustling so hard that each day is a whim and you haven’t stopped to savor precious fleeting moments?
For all of the above reasons, “stillness” is my word mantra for this year. Last year feels like a crazy blur and I want this year to be different. I don’t want to continue racing through life constantly thinking about tomorrow’s tasks and what I didn’t get done yesterday when the only guarantee we have is today.
I plan on making meditation and prayer a daily priority to practice stillness. I will also set time aside for things I enjoy such as reading, writing, exercising, and nurturing my creativity. Most importantly, I will work on maintaining my thoughts in the present task to experience the fullness of each moment and each relationship.
Choosing a word mantra serves no purpose if it is not embodied and reflected in our actions. Stillness will come to life for me as self-care; spiritual/emotional growth and healing; and treasuring the only time I have, which is now.
Do you have a word of the year mantra? How will you make this year your best one yet?“When you begin with the finish line in mind, you miss all the fun stuff along the way.” – Sophia Amoruso, Founder of Nasty Gal, #GIRLBOSS Click To Tweet
*Thank you to all my fellow bluddies for your continuous support and sweet salutations during my absence. You have all been dearly missed and you will see me catching up with all of you soon:-)