Last year, a friend suggested a special word-choice contemplation to use for the whole year.
Choose one word you want your year to be full of–such as gratitude, compassion, happiness, peace. Or choose an abstract word that has relevance to you.
Last year I chose “greening” because it is something the mystic, Hildegarde of Bingen wrote:
Most royal greening verdancy.
Rooted in the sun,
You shine with radiant light.
In this circle of earthly existence
You shine so finely,
It surpasses understanding.
God hugs you,
You are encircled by the arms
Of the mystery of God.
For me, greening connoted life, freshness, growth, warmth, love…it reminded me of an image of my two horses laying down in their pasture in the springtime glorying in the new warmth and fresh grass.
After you have chosen your contemplative word, find an image that fits your word to put on your computer as background. Simply Google pictures and select a picture you like and open it. Next, left click on the image, and click on Set as Background
Every time you look at your computer screen you will be reminded of your resolve to contemplate and experience your life in this particular way.
The Field of Dandelions is my first image for 2014–I will not tell you what my word is but I have always loved to see dandelions blooming–they show up early sometimes in mid-winter and they have the most wonderful seeds that I remember blowing and wishing upon when I was a girl in England. I have never considered them a nuisance to be eradicated from my lawn. They brighten life, they have edible leaves, and dandelion wine is festive and fun.
You can change this photo/picture once in a while. For greening I had green fields, Japanese gardens, and more.
wishing you richness for 2014