And why Embodying your theme matters
I have been choosing a theme for the year for as long as I can remember. Some years my theme was a really successful tool and others I pretty much forgot it after a month.
The first time I really chose a theme that resonated deeply was 2021.
I was in the middle of my life coach training program at the time and my coach Jeannine Yoder offered a Winter Solstice Retreat. During the 3 hour experience, we did a little bit of journaling but actually spent a lot more time on embodiment practices.
An embodiment practice is basically anything you do to engage your entire being in an experience. For me, the entire being includes 5 parts: your mind, your physical body, your emotions, your energetic field, and your spiritual connection.
After doing these embodiment practices in retreat we went into a meditation in shavasana. And while in that meditation so many insights came to me!! But the most astounding thing was that I heard the word JOY, pretty much out of nowhere and that’s how I knew I had to claim it. I wasn’t looking for it and was completely out of my head and not looking for a word or any answers of any kind when it did come. And at the time, even though I wanted to experience joy on a regular basis it didn’t come easily to me.
That year, that focus on JOY shifted everything and I know it was because it chose me rather than me “choosing it” through a lot of heady work that (in hindsight) was based a lot more on what I thought I SHOULD do than what I actually wanted or needed.
The secret to finding a word that resonated and stayed with me was in letting go of needing to control things or figure it out and allowing it to come to me.
Would you like to learn more about how to use embodiment as a tool to discover your theme?
You’re invited to BE in 2023. A series of 5 mini-retreats, embodiment practices, and circles to help you be more intentional and start 2023 with EASE.
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