For the past seven years I have picked a word of the year to help set my intention. I use the word as a bit of a mantra, to set an intention at yoga and to inspire me. It is actually more that the word picks me, and when I hear it, it just feels right. This year my word is This.
In 2014 I took a yoga teacher training that changed my life. My teacher, Nicki Doane, came from Hawaii to my small city in northern Alberta. I never expected or planned to practice yoga, but, in early sobriety, I joined a studio and felt safe there. I would lie on my mat and think, yes, of course, this. It was like returning home after a long journey. Yoga was waiting for me to remember.
Anyway, I saw the poster with nicki’s picture and it called to me. So I registered for it, even though it was expensive and required 10 days off work over the year. It was the best gift I have ever given myself.
During the training Nicki would often say “If it wasn’t this, it would be something else”. Usually when we were in a difficult pose…so focus on this, because it is here and in front of you. Find the strength and the sweetness. Or, in more direct words, deal with this, or I will find something else, and, who knows, it might be worse. Different isn’t always better.
I think about this a lot. This is acceptance of what is. A willingness to work with what is. Not wishing things were different or making changes to try to get away from reality. Just This.
2021 feels like a year where accepting This, whatever it is, will be vital. There is so much uncertainty around covid, the economy, my own job, one kid graduating from high school, aging parents, etc. I can get caught up in what’s next very quickly. Projecting into the future and worrying crests anxiety.
So, This it is. A touchstone to bring myself back into the present.
So 2021, This is it.
Stillness and peace
21 thoughts on “Word of the year 2021. This”
So lovely to see your post pop up on my emails, a great word for the year. Helps us to accept what is . Given me food for thought xxx love to you
Love this ♡♡
I like it❤️
Love it. Thanks as always for the inspiration, Anne. Wishing you the happiest of new year’s!
I love this. You are so right.💕
It’s so funny how the word just shows up!!
Sending love ❤️
Great post. This is a good one!
Thank you Anne – wise words as always! I’ve been focusing on right now and the good of the moment as much as I can lately so resonated for me 💞💞
I also love “this,” Anne. Thanks for sharing it in such a meaningful and accessible way xxx
How perfect. Great post, Anne. Thank you!💜
Such a lovely post Anne. You inspire me and your yoga story is also what I’d like to do. I think I need to not put it off and go for it in 2021. ♥️♥️
Do. Find a teacher who is more interested in the philosophy and less in the business.
Nicki is online. She is amazing. Check her out.
I definitely will do that!
Oh Anne!!! I really like your word!!!! And I love the story that you shared and how it came to be. THIS…yes. It feels really right!! Thank you for sharing
How true! Can I adopt your word?
Absolutely. I think it is very 2021.
Reblogged this on Sober Diary and commented:
Wonderful to see the full blog on THIS! And bravo on 7 years sober, especially after this year.
After the nightmare that was 2019 2020 has actually been nice. I like simple and quiet.
“If it wasn’t this, it would be something else” SO much wisdom in this statement. ❤