i haven't done it before, but it makes a lot of sense to me and it is consistent with some of the practices i follow. to focus attention on a single word helps bring clarity of thought; it both narrows one's mindfulness to allow distractions to fall away and expands one's consciousness to the meaning and application of the word.
i surprised myself, pleasantly, by having a word come to me with little more than a single fishing line of wonder, cast into a rather calm pool of possibilities.
some definitions i gleaned from online dictionaries:
- to set free from restraint, confinement, or servitude
- to relieve from something that confines, burdens, or oppresses
- to give up in favor of another
i have a lot of ideas about how i can apply this word to myself, to how i live life, to how i interact with others. i look forward to the unexpected places this word takes me.
here's how it's turned out so far (and the day's not yet over):
ander is interested in what happens when pressure is released. he's designed a smaller version of a homemade rocket based on what he watched. he's preparing himself for conducting the actual experiment when we have all the materials for the full-scale project.
diana is expressing herself creatively and enthusiastically when i release her from most of the obligations of a "typical" day: she's writing the first issue of a new magazine and one of the sections involves a recipe of her own creation.
we all worked on art displaying fireworks, a release of explosive and spectacular light.
it's going to be an interesting year.