Word of the year (Intentions and prayers NOT resolutions)

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  • #3262

    We’re just over a week into 2019. Some people that made resolutions will have broken them already, I’m sure. My experience of will power is that it usually fails. Why? Because if I’m having to push then there’s usually something in me that I’m pushing against (karma, you might say) and eventually that pushes back.

    That’s why I like the idea of a word for the year, rather than a resolution. I think of this like a star to aim for, or like a prayer. In our Saturday service when we recite the lay precepts we say ‘With faith in the three jewels, I pray that I may….’

    I like this format. There’s something realistic about it, and – of course – praying in this way we are opening ourselves to the Buddha’s light.

    My word for 2019 is contact. Contact is relationship that includes more of me and more of the other. So I’m praying to more deeply meet myself, and to meet others (people, the world, the Buddha) more deeply.

    Do you have a word, an intention or prayer for 2019?

  • #3264

    Mine was something else (can’t even remember what!) but it changed by itself to surrender… a word to counteract so much of my character. I’m already feeling its influence. Namo Amida Bu.

  • #3265

    My word of the year I’ve stumbled on, at least for now, is, ironically, ‘wordless’. This is to remind me that wordy teachings point to the wordless and when I feel stuck because words are in the way, there is something wordless behind the words which I could approach maybe by going around the words sometimes. So I’ve pinned it up on my pinboard which has lots of words but even more images.

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