The Power of Words: OPEN to the New Year

This morning in Nia, we let go of 2011 and stepped into 2012 by moving to ChakraDancer, the lovely routine created by Debbie Rosas several years ago.  Our focus was to invite in our intent for the new year and allow ourselves to let go of anything we no longer need.   As someone who quickly gets into her head, the meditative movement (although energetic ~ I was a sweaty thing by the end) and pulsing music helps me stay grounded and relaxed.  There is something peaceful about being in a room of moving, breathing bodies without all the talk.

The music Debbie chose for this routine is remarkable in that it is literally tuned to our energy centers. Simply listening to the ChakraDancer CD is a rich experience as the vibrations of sound move through each chakra.  I highly recommend the music, ChakraDancer by Brainscapes.

When I teach this silent routine, I use one word to indicate that movements will change.  This morning, I used the word OPEN (my word for 2011) and each time I said it, I loved the reminder to allow each movement into my body!  For the first few songs, my monkey mind was a deafening chorus of internal dialog!  After OPENing to the movement, gradually, my mind RELEASED (my word for 2012).  I love how both my words were there at the confluence of the changing year.

During class, some of us wrote our intents/releases onto paper that Frank and I will ignite in our fire tonight at midnight (or 1030…whenever we go to bed!). If you like, do this for yourself:  literally or symbolically make your intention and then set it free.  I love the idea of RELEASEing everybody’s intention as I step into a year with my new little word.

And I would love to know what your word is for ’12.

Happy New Year, everyBody!

  1. I like the idea of writing down an intention and setting it free. I hope you have a very happy new year, Susan 🙂

    • it’s a fun and, for me, helpful way of being clear and then letting it go!
      what are you guys having for New Years? We’re making oyster mushroom souffle
      with eggs from the ladies, caramelized broccoli and Frank’s Foccaccia!

  2. Connie said:

    Guy loved the routine, Susan. I wish I could have been there. Blessings to you and Frank in 2012!

    • It was a delicious class…for me, anyway! I’m so glad Guy was there. May 2012 be happy and healthy and full of dancing!

  3. I had already seen many references to the “one word for the year” idea, so I was happy when you brought it up in class today (Jan2). I had done my homework without knowing it.

    My word is “connection.”

    I listened to the “planning” download on here:

    While I was relaxed, I listened to her recite a list of words. When she said “connection” I grinned involuntarily, so I was pretty sure that was mine.

    • How awesome, Laura! That’s it, exactly: there is a sensation to the right word! And as I’ve talked with others, sometimes after finding the word, there is some resistance. “Hmm, do I really want to do/face/be that all year??” And yet, the body (the involuntary smile, or relaxation, or excitement) knows.

  4. My word Ms. Susan is Enjoy. (:

    Definition of ENJOY
    1to take pleasure in
    Synonyms adore, delight (in), dig, fancy, get off (on), groove (on), like, love, rejoice (in), relish, revel (in), savor (also savour)
    Related Words admire, appreciate, cherish, revere, venerate, worship; prize, treasure, value; devour, drink (in), eat (up), feast (on); dote (on), idolize; cotton (to), favor, prefer; indulge (in), luxuriate (in), wallow (in)
    Phrases be partial to, get a kick (or charge) out of, go for, have a soft spot for, take to
    Near Antonyms abhor, abominate, detest, dislike, hate, loathe; condemn, despise, scorn
    2to keep, control, or experience as one’s own
    Synonyms command, enjoy, hold, own, possess, retain
    Related Words keep, reserve, withhold; bear, carry; boast, show off, sport
    Near Antonyms abandon, cede, disclaim, disown, hand over, relinquish, renounce, surrender, yield; discard, dump; decline, reject, repudiate, spurn; need, require
    Antonyms lack, want

    • I love it, Tammy! What better word to frame everything you do this year!

  5. Rosemary said:

    My word for 2012 is “Go”.

    • I like it, Rosemary! Although I suspect that part of that is “go away from Charlottesville” which I don’t like very much.

  6. Lisa K. said:

    I think this is so great as my 2012 word kept coming up in my writing at the Threshold dance workshop with Amara Pagano and then I saw your word for the year share! For me the word unfolding seemed just right…

    • That’s so cool, Lisa. I love how the words just come up and tap us on the shoulder. Sometimes over and over!

  7. Arielle Smith said:

    I remember hearing this mini lecture and really taking it to heart. When I first started doing Nia I really dreaded the improvised free dance because I felt self-conscious and would clam up and barely do anything while watching everyone else genuinely getting into it. I tried forcing several words but none of them ever really stuck. Later that evening my word came to me…. ‘release’. The next day when I went to Nia I kept repeating my word and I truly had a breakthrough in that class. I released all my inhibitions and can now enjoy Nia for all that it offers.

    • How extraordinary! I love that you applied this during class and that it allowed you to jump in! Can’t wait to retreat with you in March! xoxo

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