When I wake up in the middle of the night. Instead of counting sheep or counting backwards from 100, for each letter of the alphabet, I repeat a word that inspires me or that is a trait I’d like to embody. I repeat this alphabet of intention until I drift off. It always works.
As the year begins, I thought why save this practice for my insomnia? Why not incorporate the alphabet of intention into every single day? So, I am going to practice saying my ABCs regularly, reminding myself that these are areas of growth for me, qualities to cultivate, ways of being to aspire to.
Of course, there are other words that can be used (I don’t repeat the same ABCs every night; they vary), but this is what I’ve been repeating for the last few weeks.
A – Appreciation. Recognize the good, the beautiful, the inspiring.
B – Bravery. Be bold. Stand up. Speak out.
C – Compassion. Be sensitive to others.
D – Delight. Enjoy life.
E – Engagement. Be involved both with whom you are interacting and with what you are doing.
F – Forgiveness. Let go of resentment.
G – Gratitude. Give thanks for the large and small gifts in your life.
H – Health. Be well, physically and emotionally.
I – Intention. Have a purpose and work toward it.
J – Non-judgement. Be with things as they are instead of automatically reacting to them.
K – Kindness. Be nice. To everyone.
L – Let go. Release expectations.
M – Marvel. Notice the miracles and the wonder all around you.
N – Nourishment. Do what you need to do to be healthy, both in body and spirit.
O – Openness. Be yourself. Be honest. Be vulnerable.
P – Peace. Maintain presence of mind.
Q – Quiet. Allow for moments (or longer) of calm.
R – Reflection. Examine your own thoughts, words, and actions. Regularly.
S – Strength. Dig deep and unleash your ability to be resilient, to endure and not break.
T – Transformation. Allow change to happen.
U – Uplift. Raise your awareness. Be encouraged.
V – Value. Know your principles.
W – Wisdom. Cultivate insight.
X – Exultant. Be happy.
Y – Yes I Can. Have confidence in yourself and your abilities.
Z – Zen. Engage in quiet meditation.
Happy New Year! May we all be happy and healthy.