The concept of having a special word for each year is new to me. But since I started moving around in blog world, I've seen that many people practice this. They are simply called word for the year, or mantras. I really like the idea, and have been thinking about it for the last few days. There are so many words, in any language, and among them, so many good ones.
In November, quite by chance, and before I heard about the River of Stones, I signed up for a class in mindfulness, meditation and yoga. Never having been in touch with any of that before, I didn't know what to expect. What I found was one and a half hour of mindful pause every week. The privilege of spending one and a half hours lying on a mat, snuggled warm under a woolly blanket, learning how to observe my breathing. How to mindfully relax my muscles. Doing exercises that were so gentle that even I could do them.
Thinking back to those classes, my mantra was self-evident: "Mindful Pause". "Mindful" on the in breath, "pause" on the out breath.
So this is what I commit to in 2012: To take mindful pauses, and to pause mindfully. And by doing so, I hope I will become more aware of the world I live in, both in the big sense and in the small sense.
Of course I have had moments of mindful pause before,
without knowing that that's what they were :-)