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A new year brings with it so much anticipation! Fresh year, fresh start, new experiences and new opportunities make every January exciting for me.
Each new January also brings a fresh theme for the year along with a symbol to guide me and a song to inspire.
This is the Year of Alignment. Learn more about how that word will shape the next 12 months.
Year of Alignment Theme
My word for 2023 is alignment. By definition, alignment happens when thoughts, choices, actions and beliefs all honor higher purpose and core values. Alignment is the resulting state of agreement or alliance.
The word originates from the Old French alignier meaning “set, lay in a line”. I like that it also refers to a direction or course, such as in life.
Alignment for me is when my inner world…my thoughts and beliefs…line up with my purpose in life. And how do I know that I am in alignment? I observe what is going on in my outer world. When my outer world and the way I am living my life are in agreement with my thoughts and beliefs then alignment occurs, bringing joy, peace and a high level of vibration.
Year of Alignment Symbol
Each year also brings a new symbol to guide me. It represents the theme and when I see the symbol, it is a reminder of what’s important to me this year.
The word “alignment” doesn’t automatically bring to mind symbols associated with the word, beyond perhaps a straight line. However, as I considered what alignment means to me, I realized the importance of recognizing that the world I create and live in is a reflection of who I am, what I think and what I believe.
A mirror seems the perfect symbol.
When I look in a mirror, what I see reflected back is the reality of who I am, in that moment. When I look at the world around me, and whatever is going on in that moment, that is a reflection of my thoughts and beliefs. It doesn’t mean that bad things don’t happen in the world or that I cause them. However, my response to those things, good and bad, and how they impact me, is on me. I can shape my own responses. And I can choose to shift my thoughts and beliefs about what’s happening.
For example, if I believe it is a beautiful day, then my reality shows me that it is, no matter the circumstances. If I’m experiencing a challenging day, my reality is showing me a reflection of what’s going on in my heart, mind and spirit. I need to pay attention to that reflection so that I can shift my thoughts and beliefs back to a higher vibrational frequency.
So not only is a mirror a symbol for 2023, the reality I experience, when seen as a reflection, is symbolic as well for what’s going on in my inner life.
Year of Alignment Song
Finally, I chose the song for 2023. The song, like the symbol, serves as a reminder of the year’s theme and what’s true for me.
I knew immediately which song represents alignment for me.
A Million Dreams, from The Greatest Showman movie and soundtrack, captured my keen interest back when I watched the film for the first time.
In the movie, PT Barnum (portrayed by Hugh Jackman) grows up with a vivid imagination that guides and inspires him to take risks and create the reality he wants to live in. I love that. It’s a wonderful song to feed my inspiration and creativity as well.
“Every night I lie in bed, the brightest colors fill my head. A million dreams are keeping me awake. I think of what the world could be, a vision of the one I see. A million dreams is all it’s going to take, a million dreams for the world I’m going to make.”
My Year of Alignment
I’m always excited as a new year begins. This year is no exception.
I feel like my theme for 2023 is an expansive one, a deep one. And yet, each year is a progression for me. The words/themes, symbols and songs aren’t random. No, they are a progressive map of my life and each new year provides a hint of what’s ahead on the journey.
This year promises to be life changing, with an intense focus on my inner life and manifesting a reality that matches…that aligns…with who I am at my core.
I’m already amazed, a week into the new year, with all that is showing up as I focus on alignment.
Do you have a word or theme for 2023? A symbol? A song? Please share them in the comments!
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