Word For The Year …

As 2011 has now come to a close and we are starting off the beginnings of 2012, I have had a few friends ask me what my “word” for the new year will be.

Without taking a breath or even thinking about it…I said “Flow”.  

Flow is one of my most favourite words as just hearing it said conjures up visions of cool clear waters, gentle breezes on a warm summer day and ultimately a connection to being at one with life.  I believe the word flow has the ability to set you free.  Maybe it resonates with me so strongly because it is in essence what one of my favourite books the Tao Te Ching speaks of.


“If you look to others for filfillment, you will never truly be fufilled.  If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are.  When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”

Tao Te Ching as translated by Stephen Mitchell


Or maybe the word reminds me to step back a moment, take a breath and calm down when my day seems to be running off without me.  I know whenever I’m in the studio and am struggling it’s almost always because I am just pushing way too hard, trying to force things to happen instead of trusting in myself and the process.   If I simply take a a “time out”, regroup and clear my mind it will generally work itself out. Flow reminds me of that …..

What’s your word for 2012?





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