Word for the New Year Resources, an Overview…
If you want to wear your word in the form of jewelry:
- Elisa Saucy Jewelry for a customized bracelet. Elisa rocks!
- If you’re looking for a hand-crafted copper charm made here in Bend, here’s your place: Just a Little Charm
If you want to play around with images, here are a few ideas:
- Draw or paint your word intuitively. Set yourself up with some art supplies, settle into a peaceful place in your heart, and see what comes out on the paper.
- Collage: With your word on your mind and in your heart, find photos and images (from magazines or a google image search) and collage them. Your collage could be digital (pinterest?) or paper.
- Mandala: Holding your word as your intention, draw a mandala. Here’s a video of one simple Mandala process. There are a myriad of mandala techniques, so explore if mandalas feed your soul.
- Zentangle: This copyrighted meditative drawing method has become very popular in certain circles. Here are some web resources:
- For a basic introduction to zentangle: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Zentangle
- For lots of patterns: Zentangle patterns
- For an awesome PDF of the process: Zentangle PDF
- Letter it: Write your word and embellish it. Lots of ways to do this, including zentangle. This Zentangle lettering video is one place to start. I could watch videos of people lettering all day.
If you want to honor your word with more words, here are some ideas:
- Write a poem: Acrostics, haiku and tanka, cinquains, pantoums… Maybe even a sonnet. Some sites to check out: Poetic Forms for Beginners, cinquain instructions, and this index of poetry types with instructions.
- Write about your word without stopping for at least fifteen minutes. Find three phrases in your writing that you like. Use those three phrases as a basis for a pantoum or other poetry form.
- Look up the definition of your word in several different dictionaries. What does the definition evoke for you? Which definition resonates?
- Dialogue with your word, letting your word write with your non-dominant hand. Ask it questions like “What do you want me to learn?” “Why did you choose me this year?”
Some ways to “embody” your word:
- Dance your word.
- Develop a physical practice based on your word.
- Write your word with your body.
I’m sure there are many other ways to work with our words, including just writing them on post-its and sticking them places. I’d love to know what you do!