The 10 Lessons that Have Changed My Life this Year
Opening My Heart– Vulnerability can be hard, opening our hearts can be downright scary. It’s especially not easy to do when it has broken you in the past. This year I chose to work in this area, I decided to deepen friendships also making many new friends. I decided to be open to a relationship and ended up falling in love with an amazing man. I found love that chose to lean on faith and growth rather than dependency and control. I found love in which the relationship did not dictate my happiness. I found that giving love to another isn’t so scary when I first choose love for myself. I learned when you love someone, you want what’s best for them and yourself- sometimes that means letting each other fly. When we allow ourselves to love for the sake of loving, not because we must receive love to give love, it all changes. I learned the heartbreak experienced from letting one go is trivial to what is gained by having let them in in the first place. I learned that love doesn’t have to hurt, heartbreak doesn’t have to keep you down when your primary source of love comes from yourself, not the other person. I learned that no one could take all the love from me when I first love myself. When we have faith, we know that love continues on regardless of whether one is physically in our lives or not, we can love from a distance whether that person is living or deceased. This isn’t to say there isn’t sadness and grief for what we miss or what was, but the love doesn’t cease. The grace that was present in the relationship lives on.
Physical Activity– I simply just do better when I am exercising regularly. My body thanks me, my mind thanks me, my health thanks me. My exercise of choice right now is yoga, spin class and running when it’s not frigidly cold out. Physical activity allows us to emit emotions in our bodies; it releases the good stuff like endorphins and releases the bad stuff like stress and frustrations. It shifts energy around in our bodies, especially stagnant and slow-moving energy… It grounds me in my body, forces me to be present, and I feel more empowered. I just simply feel amazing when I work out!
Breathing– So simple, yet so effective. It brings me back to me. Breathing supports me in quieting my mind, getting out of my head, slowing down and releasing stress and anxiety. When I want to quiet my mind, I focus on my breath. I’ve recently been shifting this to being more in my heart, by shifting my focus to breathing from my heart. When I’m in my heart, all there is is love.
I’m wishing you all the best in the coming year! May peace and love always surround you.