I recently spent some time with a special friend and she told me how she came to name her upcoming book (which I hope to feature in a future blog). What follows is my reaction to the story of her experience.
At a New Year’s Day service, which is a time of beginnings, my friend participated in a “White Stone Ceremony.” During the ceremony, each person was given a white stone and participated in a meditation which lead them into receiving a word that encouraged their spirit to celebrate a new beginning.
My friend was asked to hold her stone, feel its energy, and go within to discover a word which called to her. After a few minutes of meditating, the word “JOY” emerged. Knowing that she had found her personal word and her purpose, she wrote ”JOY” on the white stone.
While listening to this story, goose bumps began to travel up and down my arms. I kept seeing and hearing the words I AM OPEN, and immediately knew that these are my own “White Stone” words.Other words have called to me in the past (grief, courage, passage, freedom), but I cannot describe how deeply the word open resonates within me today. It feels like my own personal call to action to live by – I AM OPEN!
Oprah Winfrey said, “You have to find what sparks a light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world.”
I AM Open illuminates my world. At the start of each day, I am open to the belief that it brings with it a breath of fresh air … a new beginning!