by Luzia Light
The other day I read a quote and don’t remember it exactly but the sentiment was: ‘Life is too short to do things you don’t like doing.’ Amen to that. Winter Solstice is a perfect time for letting go of unwanted things in your life. Out with the old, in with the new. I also came across some of Gabrielle Bernstein’s work lately and she emphasizes that we all need to replace fear with love, and that this seemingly simple act will basically solve all our problems. Sounds about right.
So, now that the darkest nights are behind us and light is entering our days again more and more, let’s let go of our fears, our fear-based behaviours, our fear-based old habits, our fear-based holding on to possessions, maybe even relationships, and turn towards the light, towards love and see what awaits there. Where do we need to make changes and shift things? A fear-based behaviour could be holding on to a job you don’t really like out of fear that you can’t pay your bills. Is it time to find a better solution? A better suited job? Work that you actually love? If your work is based on love, not fear, you’ll be on the path to happiness.
Ask yourself: If I chose love, what would be different? Just for today (or this week) go through your day thinking about love, then whatever you do, see, hear, say, hold in your hands or are asked to do etc., think about if this is something that is based in love or fear – or anything other than love, leaning towards fear: anger, frustration, resentment, boredom, despair, desperation, jealousy, depression, anxiety etc. Become aware of when you don’t feel good and see if you can choose love and do something differently. If I choose love, then what will happen? What would be different?
If I choose to love myself, do I still want to eat that second donut? If I choose love, do I still walk past that homeless person on the street without wishing him well; maybe just mentally sending him blessings? If I choose love, do I still wear those old ‘good enough’ clothes or wear something beautiful that makes me feel radiant and confident? If I choose love, do I scold my kids for their mistakes or be compassionate and patient instead? If I choose love, do I spent money on something I don’t’ really need or put it in my savings account until I have enough for a soul-nurturing vacation?
If you fear that you don’t have money to pay your bills (or buy Christmas presents!), infuse your thoughts with love by saying to yourself “I love money”. If you fear that you will never lose weight or you’re afraid to get sick, say to yourself “I love my body.” If you are looking for your soul mate and fear that you will never find him or her, fill your heart with love by thinking “I love my soul mate.”
Making significant changes in your life is not about depriving yourself but about adding love to your life. The only thing you will be depriving yourself of is fear. Changing your life is about choosing love in every area of your life. Out with the old fears and in with new love, more love. What your life needs now is love, sweet love.
Today’s Mantra: I choose love instead of fear.
Today’s Video: What the World Needs Now is Love – Dionne Warwick