That's my word of the season. For many years my word was 'Peace'. I surrounded myself with words, music, pictures and colours that would remind me of that, and until I eventually started to own it. I've played with other guide words since then, but they didn't affect me the way that Peace, and now Gratitude have.
For quite a while I've been saying that I'm grateful for (something) and I really have been. I've been deeply touched by periods of immense gratitude for the joys of life. I've noticed that during those times, I also felt aligned with the deep calm within, and felt in tune with the song of my spirit.
I feel that owning Peace opened me more to Trusting the unfolding of life, and to accepting the things that are beyond my control. In being more aware of all that I am grateful for, I can take that deeper to living more consistently with Joy. Whether that Joy is the quiet fullness of my heart, or the crazy, jumping up-and-down, let-me-at-it pull towards an adventure or a moment, I am living with it more often.
I had a lot of external 'peaceful' stimulus around me when I was learning to adopt Peace into myself. On this Gratitude journey, I am finding that I just need to remember to pause and reflect on any of the things I am grateful for. It's triggered from within. Then the Joy radiates out. And I am so grateful for that!