Did you know that the 2010 Word of the Year was Austerity?
Now that the days of summer, 2011 are fleeting by too quickly, and the fall rush of back to school ads are becoming a daily message, I am wondering what the next season will bring. More crazy weather, hurricanes, heat waves, fires, floods, and other plagues, or another earthquake in our Capital City? How does one navigate through all the chaos and crazies, especially the daily onslaught of bad news and bad hair days?
Maybe this is the time to start that daily mindful meditation I've been meaning to try out after my last visit to the cardiologist. Well, actually, I didn't go to the cardiologist, because I am a yoga nut and meditate daily, sometimes moment to moment, especially when I am stressed. (If not, I may find myself a zombie in front of those hypnotic reality shows, like the latest wedding of the Invasion of the Body Snatchers-the "K" Konspiracy. For those of you who are true spartans, the K stands for, dare I say this, KARDASHIAN. Instead of mindless garbage in-garbage out toxins, I am choosing mindfullness. Otherwise I will be one of those Zombies from the Donald Sutherland version of that cult classic. (Not THE DONALD)
I recently read the headlines for the last week of 2010-Audacity of Austerity-word of word of the year 2010. By Russell Contreras Associated Press 12/20/10
“Austerity, the 14th century noun defined as "the quality or state of being austere" and "enforced or extreme economy," set off enough searches that Merriam-Webster named it as its Word of the Year for 2010, the dictionary's editors announced Monday.
John Morse, president and publisher of the Springfield, Mass.-based dictionary, said "austerity" saw more than 250,000 searches on the dictionary's free online tool and came with more coverage of the debt crisis.”
"What we look for ... what are the words that have had spikes that strike us very much as an anomaly for their regular behavior," Morse said. "The word that really qualifies this year for that is 'austerity'."
My word for 2011-equipoise. No matter what is going on out there in the chaotic ‘new world order’, I am choosing to remain balanced, calm and at peace inside. I have spent most of my life re-acting to circumstances, as if I was at the doctor getting a knee-jerk test. No matter what the situation, if it were something fearful, I would automatically re-act. Sometimes I would re-act the same way to a myriad of circumstances, as if I was on autopilot and had only a few choices to respond.
To fear or not to fear?
One can listen to all the news of the day from the financial crises, the devaluation of the dollar and stock market, the wars, the killing of innocent people, the lack of health and pharmaceutical drug pushing, the Big Pharma takeover of the healthcare system, the poisoning of food and water, the Gulf Oil tragedy, …………….
According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary: the definition of EQUIPOISE
1: a state of equilibrium
An equal distribution of weight; even balance; equilibrium.
2. A counterpoise.
–verb (used with object)
3.to equal or offset in weight; balance.
Examples of EQUIPOISE
1. when participating in any dangerous sport, one should maintain equipoise between fearless boldness and commonsense caution>
2. her frugality is a much-needed equipoise to her husband's spendthrift ways
It originates from the combo-equal and poise.
The first time I heard the word, equipoise was in an all-day Siddha Yoga Intensive with the Siddha Guru, Gurumayi. She is the swami whom Elizabeth Gilbert went to meet in India in the book, “Eat Pray Love.” She was very popular with the glitterati and celebrities. Meg Ryan swore by her. Raul Julia was reportedly a disciple. The New Yorker article also noted Jerry Brown, John Denver, Andre Gregory, Diana Ross, Isabella Rossellini, Don Johnson, Melanie Griffith, and Marsha Mason. James Taylor, and Carly Simon, James Brolin, Patricia Neal, Marlo Thomas, Rosanna Arquette.
This word has become a sort of mantra for me when I am feeling stressed or fearful or out of sorts. I remember the Guru repeating the word, with her beautiful Indian/Brit accent. I see her face shining with radiance and feel her presence. I am not a ‘follower or joiner’, but the one thing I received that day was exactly what the word equipoise defines, a state of balance, and poise. I refer to this state when I want to experience grace in all.
“Our little lives are kept in equipoise
By opposite attractions and desires.”
n Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "Haunted Houses
May the new season bring you into a state of equipoise.