It's a very simple question: Are you ready to have a spectacular year in 2016?
If you answered yes, and you meant it, then you are halfway there. You have decided. To de-cide is to kill off all options but the one you have chosen. Good work choosing to have a spectacular year. Now it's time to walk your talk.
There are endless ways to support yourself in walking your talk, endless ways to put action and momentum behind your decision to have a spectacular year that is launched with a wide-open sense of freedom -- because you chose it.
This is my invitation for you to join me in using the triple potent power of forgiveness, self-love and letter writing to lead you into a sense of freedom in the new year.
Commit to self-love.
Forgive others and yourself.
Write a letter to put it into action.
I will start my new year free of resentment, distaste and other harsh toxins that will readily deplete my sense of freedom if I do not let them go. This past year has given me the opportunity to learn from strong disagreements in friendships, with family and in my marriage. I will take the powerful learning with me and leave the blocks -- the toxic thoughts and judgments -- behind so they do not dilute my power.
And I will do this work alongside others who want this sense of freedom too.
You do not need to have ever written a letter in your life. The best letters I've ever read come from a place of not-thinking, where the heart is turned ON and the brain in your head is turned off. Thinking with the brain in your heart, those letters are fine jewels.
Is there something you did that you’re not proud of and want to move beyond?
An upset friendship that you’d like to see return to a more harmonious space?
Were there charged conversations that left you feeling resentful, toxic or uncertain?Family situations where conflict surfaced that you want to let go of?
Without releasing unhelpful thoughts from your space, you enter each moment with them in your energetic pockets, and they block your power to create. Freedom is your natural birthright. Yet you have to claim it, honor it and walk the talk for it to walk beside you.
Making a decision based on self-love, from a place of self-worth, is POWERFUL.
Forgiveness is POWERFUL.
Writing things down is POWERFUL.
Letter writing -- the act of writing, in conscious relationship -- is POWERFUL.
Can't wait to dance with you in the new year~
Jessica Rios, Founder of Leaning into Light, is a writer, mother, coach and big fan of Sesame Street. Her lifelong art is letter writing. This deeply personal blog and our online workshops are devoted to one of her great passions: illuminating the beauty of the human spirit.