Another year has ended and a New Year has begun. This is a time for both reflecting on the past and envisioning the future. What you choose to focus on at this time will have a direct impact on what you will experience from this moment forward.  Will you choose to focus on what you DIDN’T accomplish last year or will you choose to celebrate what you DID accomplish? Will you choose to focus on those who hurt you or on those who demonstrated love towards you?

When thinking about the year ahead, will you choose to create New Year’s Resolutions that you’re not really committed to, because it is the customary thing to do at this time of year, or will you consciously reflect on what you truly desire to create and set an intention to move in the direction of your desires?

Everything is a choice and each choice will lead to a different result. The question is: “What do you wish to experience in this coming year?”

Once you are clear on exactly what you wish to experience, then set your intention to make choices every day that will lead you towards it. You KNOW deep in your heart when you make choices that are aligned with what you desire and when you don’t. Sometimes it may seem easier to make a decision that you know isn’t what you really want because choosing what you want can be confronting for both you and others.

Confrontation is something many of you avoid because it makes you feel uncomfortable and feeling uncomfortable is not something you wish to feel. The Truth is that if you set your focus on following the desires of your heart and Trust that your heart will never lead you astray, you will have more courage to move forward, even when it is uncomfortable.

Take some time today, or in the next few days to be with yourself and to still your mind. Go for a walk, meditate, write in a journal. Take time to listen to what your heart wants to tell you. Be willing to hear the Truth that is within you for this is the only path that will lead you to what you truly desire.

Marisa’s Musings

I stopped creating New Year’s Resolutions a long time ago. I found that declaring resolutions only led me to feeling bad about myself when I didn’t follow through with them. We all know that most people fail to live up to their New Year’s resolutions so why do many people still follow this yearly ritual?

A few years ago, I heard about choosing a word for the New Year that reflected what I wanted to focus on in the coming year. One year I chose “balance.” Another year I chose “faith.” This year my word is “LOVE.” I am beginning to understand more and more that love is the answer to everything.

My husband and I are currently reading a book together written by Matt Kahn called, “Whatever Arises, Love That.” It is filled with so much wisdom and I have set my intention for this year to learn how to demonstrate love in all situations. I know it won’t be  easy, especially when I feel stressed, frustrated or upset and yet, it is what I truly desire and I will do my best every day to love myself and others more and more no matter what is going on. Even when I fail, I will chose to love myself rather than condemn myself and then I will start again.

If you also choose a word each year or would like to start this tradition,  I’d love for you to share it with me in a comment below so I can hold your intention with you in my heart.

I wish you all the best in 2017 and always.

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