Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Do you ever read words placed side by side in such a perfect combination that your heart almost sings? Or have you ever learned or remembered a single word that makes you want to be better?

For weeks, this word has been dancing in my brain: ollin. It's a word the ancient Aztecs used to describe an earthquake or great storm powerful enough to shake the earth. It's used to communicate intense and immediate movement. Ollin originates from yollotl, meaning heart, and yolistli, meaning life. The word literally means to move and act now with all your heart. It means to follow your path in life wholeheartedly. The Aztecs knew- when an earthquake hits, you have to move now.

I feel as though I've been stagnant the last few months. I'm not living my life whole-heartedly. I'm mostly just going through the motions. I'm challenging myself, and you, to live with more intention. Do your every day things with full purpose of heart. Go all in and live ollin.

1 comment:

Stefanie Orton said...

Summer I love this post. I feel like I've been in kind of a funk lately too, like you just described. I really like this word. And I will gladly accept your challenge! :)

Where are you guys living these days again? I miss our double dates :(