I’ve been building up to sharing my Word of the Year for 2020 for a while now.
Each of us might use a different process to arrive at our Word of The Year. Nothing is written in stone.
As you consider what your word for 2020 will be, you want it to reflect an aspirational identity, a facet of your humanity that will move you forward toward the best version of yourself. The challenge is finding a singular word that captures a goal as big as personal transformation. Such an endeavor can be overwhelming. Is it even possible to find a word that embodies how you want to see yourself?– Roy Lopez, OneWord365.com
I’ve found that with practice, the exercise gets easier.
This time the process I used for finding my word was a little different. I looked back on my Word for 2019 and let it speak to me. I allowed ‘light’ to shine into many areas of my life and questioned my motives and choices. Then I decided to make many choices and changes next year and started working on putting them into practice in the last couple of months. Then I looked out for a word that would be meaningful to me to underline what 2020 should mean for me.
I’ve realized that I’ve allowed myself to keep giving without really stopping to refill. So while I wish everyone around me all that’s good, in 2020, I will focus on myself. I want to be kind to myself. I want this to be the year I work on my health, my well-being, my growth. Work-wise too, this will be a different year and that’s something I’ll share about on The Frangipani Creative blog.
My Word of The Year for 2020
The word I have chosen for 2020 is METTA. Let me use the words of Sharon Salzberg to explain what it means:
In Pali, the language of the original Buddhist texts, the word is metta, most commonly translated as loving-kindness. Other translations are: love, friendliness, and good will. I tend to use the term connection. So, loving-kindness is a state of profound connection to ourselves, others, and ultimately all of life.
It’s funny that the word ‘metta’ has ‘Me’ in it!
I will use the metta bhavana meditation practice through the year.
“May I be well, may I be happy, may I be peaceful. May I be free from suffering and pain. May all beings be well, may all beings be happy, may all beings be peaceful. May all beings be free from suffering and pain.
I would love to have you join me in sharing your Word for 2020.
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