This question has come up several times in the last week or so: "What is your word for the year?" In other words, what is the theme, the feeling, the quality you wish to cultivate in 2009, or that you intuitively feel will guide you this year? For me the word this year is mindfulness. I really wanted my word to be something easy like joy, prosperity, or laughter. What kept presenting itself was mindfulness. Slowly it began to dawn on me that mindfulness actually creates the climate for all those other beautiful qualities to thrive. Mindfulness opens the space for joy, prosperity, laughter, love, generosity, compassion, optimism, ease, hope... it's so simple, really. We are all capable of approaching our life - the small actions and details as well as the big dramas and decisions - with more tender loving care. All we have to do is pay attention.