Tuesday, January 10, 2017

#OneWord 2017

Aligned in spirit with my colleagues, I chose my #OneWord for the year as I stood among my prayer flags.

And in honor of those Tibetan prayer flags, I'm throwing my #OneWord into the wind.


You see, prayer flags have a continuous history dating back to ancient Tibet, China, Persia and India. Used in Tibet, Nepal, India, and many other places, prayer flags are beautiful reminders of the many blessings that surround us. In Tibetan, "Dar Cho" is a "prayer flag";  "Dar" means to increase life, health and fortune, while "Cho" means all sentient beings. Powered by the energy of the natural wind and breezes, prayers and mantras impartially spread goodwill, compassion, and happiness among all living beings. Word has it that just as a drop of water can permeate the ocean, prayers dissolved in the wind extend to fill all of space.

Pretty amazing to consider, isn't it?

Even proper flag-raising happens with a prayers akin to: "May all beings everywhere receive benefit and find happiness."

Now, I'm not equating my creations with divinity, to be sure. I just love the idea of goodness and happiness powered by nature, and for me, a return to nature, presence, and simplicity. Standing outside, listening to prayer flags flapping in the wind is a peaceful reminder for me to slow my thoughts, breathe, and observe.
We all need more of that. And when I create, that's how I feel.

Some will find this whole concept idealistic, and perhaps it is a bit, sure.  But I do know that when I create, whether with writing and words, photography, visual notes, or some type of art or craft, my mind is still, present, and in flow. When I feel that, I am much more useful for the world.

For me, creating is active, sometimes intentional, sometimes serendipitous. Here's my plan:
Create with words, continue to write.
Create with visual notes, synthesizing ideas and drawing with less constraint.
Create with paint and try different materials.
Create questions, so that I stop taking so much for granted.
Create space for wonder, in my son, my students, myself.
Create time to be outside more often and more walks in the woods.
Create more time for friends and family.
Create windows to express gratitude daily.
Create with new tools, learn to use new tools and media, the hand-held type rather than tech-related.
Create priorities of doing what resonates most with my soul when possible.

When I create, either physically, emotionally, or mentally, and am in flow, I create from a space of important gratitude. I hope 2017 is the year I invoke the spirit of prayer flags and impartially spread goodwill, compassion, and happiness to all I meet. My stretch goal is to embody the words of Mother Teresa:
"Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier." -Mother Teresa

What about YOU? What's YOUR word for 2017? And how were you inspired to find it? 
What makes your soul shine?

PS--Another cool fact about prayer flags? They should never be placed on the ground or in the trash--instead, they're burned so that even the smoke can carry their blessings to the heavens. Lasting goodness. Gotta love that.

1 comment:

  1. I love Nature and Beauty of nature always attract towards itself as a nature explore i would love to explore this wonder of the world my wish is to make my self able to visit these wonders