It’s very un-coachey, but I was never one for new year resolutions. Intentions, however, are a different matter entirely. I set intentions every day! And my overall intention for 2012 is to Love, Laugh, Heal and Grow….
“Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we have learned here. The spiritual journey is the relinquishment – or unlearning – of fear and the acceptance of love back into our hearts. Love is the essential existential fact. It is our ultimate reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life.” ~ Marianne Williamson
Love is the opposite of fear. When we think and act with an open and pure heart, rather than any desire for approval, we are working with the energy of love. Love is accepting – fully – ourselves and others.
Laughter is medicine for the body and medicine for the soul. Laughter raises our vibration, and it heals us.
Healing is the rejuvenation of body and mind. The recovery from dis-ease. We all carry dis-ease of some form or another. We bury our hurts rather than feel them. And as long as they remain buried they remain with us. Healing releases our hurts and frees us up to live our lives more fully.
Growth is what happens when we heal and return to love. Growth enables us to fearlessly feel our emotions rather than run from them or suppress them. Growth has taken place when we can look back on our tribulations and be grateful for the experience.
We can spend our lives chasing material goals only to wind up feeling unfulfilled and questioning the meaning of it all. Or we can realise that there is a whole lot more to life, and that having all that we need requires us to “have” very little actually. Our purpose in life is to be happy. To discover within ourselves the innate ability to feel peace, joy and contentment no matter what is going on around us.
In 2011 I didn’t always remember this. Towards the end of the year especially my attention got diverted alot towards the ifs, buts and maybes. I focussed my attention – fearfully – on what might or might not happen if this or that did not turn out as I hoped. That was such a waste of energy, and it impaired my ability to come up with solutions to my problems. And even when I did come up with solutions, I didn’t quite get around to applying them. Procrastination reigned instead of productivity.
But that was the year that was, and this is the year that is – 2012 is going to be different! My intention for this year is to love more, laugh more, heal more and grow more.
2012 is predicted to be just as tough as 2011. Maybe even tougher. That’s just how things are for now. My mission is to stop fearfully projecting two-to-six-to-twelve months down the line, and to choose instead to focus on the simple joys available to me moment to moment. As someone who has read and written a lot on the subject of happiness, I know that this is the only way we can tap into that state of being. And it is always available to us, no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in, if we can only remember to breathe fully and shift from the energy of fear to love.
So, for 2012, my intention is to not allow the challenges to get in on me to the same extent. I intend to be mindful, each and every day, that our problems are really blessings, although the buggers (sorry, blessings!) often disguise themselves beyond recognition!! I hope to become more adept at recognising the blessings (ahem!) quickly and easily.
Whenever things get uncomfortable and I feel myself in the grip of fearful energy, I plan to breathe deeply and move back towards the energy of love. Only when vibrating to this higher energy will I be able to deal with my challenges creatively and effectively.
And I hope to remember that life is a journey, and to not be so focused on the various destinations I’d like to visit (perfect relationship, financial abundance, eco house with amazing views, etc etc….)
I intend to remember that the purpose of life is to love, laugh, heal and grow. When I remember that, life is easier. Challenging circumstances still arise, but my ability to respond to them is always improved. And when I can respond positively to any difficulty, it usually passes more easily and more quickly than when I fiercely resist its presence.
I cannot know what the year ahead will bring me. But I have no doubt there’ll be a fair share of situations I’d rather not deal with. Plenty of things I won’t be able to control. But my outlook and my energy will be my responsibility, no matter what happens. I will remain focused on that!