The word serenity is derived from the Latin serenus, meaning clear, cloudless, and untroubled; and is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as "the state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled".
My personal experience with this word began a year ago at a Mindfulness retreat. This retreat was a huge leap out of my comfort zone and through the process of the weekend's workshops and much personal introspection, I realized that serenity was an essential element of my life and something I needed to seek out. This understanding sparked months of personal growth and healing.
Serenity to me is peace, but more than that. It is a sense of balance and equanimity; being grounded and centred and having a purposeful focus. After sitting with this word for a few weeks, I realized that my word for the coming year had found me. A year later, I now know that this is a not word for a year, but a word for my life; a kind of divine quest.
|Art Journal page celebrating my word for the year.|
A year after this retreat, I am drawn back; this time to facilitate. Funny how one word can lead to so much!
What does serenity mean to you?
For more information about this year's retreat, check here: http://www.mainstreetcommunications.ca/#!amazing-womens-retreat/c19b9