Joy, or my word of the month of February. Yes, I have a “word of the year” AND a “word of the month”. Says me.
Let me tell you a little story: Saturday morning I finally went for the massage my body and soul had been requesting loudly for a long time. I think I had never felt my shoulder blades sliding to the sides of my body this way, nor the gap between each of my ribs. It felt like a steamroller was playing the xylophone with every bone in my upper back. I had never realized I was so tight and tense, to the point that the massage therapist told me I should do stretching exercises (the look on her face when I told her I was a yoga teacher was priceless).
While she was crushing every bone up there, I could feel the tension, the tightness, the contraction. How ironic, when my word for this year is “expand”. I had an epiphany, right there on the massage table: what came up in my head was “I need to breathe in more space and joy”. That was it. Joy, this word has stuck with me for the last couple of days.
I do experience joy when I teach and coach, but what about the rest of the day? Well, not so much. I have such a tight grip on the way I work – and live! – that I forget how to let loose and breathe into what I do. Even though I am learning to surrender, the control freak inside of me doesn’t let go so easily.
The thing is, if you let it in charge for too long, there is no room for delight and joy, there is no room for serendipity, there is no room for opportunities.
I have opened the door just a bit, now’s the time to slam it open and invite joy on every level, in every area of my life.
Expand, yes, every minute of every day.
What is *your* word of the month to come?