As the weather gets colder, and the nights get longer, this month of December, for some, can feel a little manic. I've always enjoyed December but this year I have felt a deep need to rest, retreat inwards, and meditate. With the uncertainty of everything, I have needed to find space where I can connect with my inner world and know that everything is ok.
I wanted to share with you a little tool I'm using this month to keep myself on track, to staying present and living in the moment, and not allow my busy mind and swirling thoughts to have a tight grip on me.
I'm calling this little project "Words for December".
Each day up until the Winter Solstice, I'm choosing a word to use as an anchor throughout my day. I will be practicing coming back to this word again and again when I notice I'm not being present. Each word I choose will be a descriptive word of how I want to feel. So when I notice I've slipped out of presence, I repeat the word in my mind for a few moments, sense the feeling of the word, maybe slow my breath if it needs to be slowed down, and become aware of the moment I'm in.
It's fascinating how some words really work! Yesterday my word was "SLOWLY", and I definitely needed to slow down! I didn't sleep well the night before and when I'm tired my mind can go into overdrive and I try and solve everything in one go! So I desperately needed an anchor yesterday! I was grateful that I had chosen "SLOWLY" as my word as it helped me pause and slow things down.
Maybe try it for yourself. Simply choose words that have meaning for you. Words that create a good feeling within your being, words that help you come back to the present, help you become more connected.
Here's some from my list