“A real love letter is made of insight, understanding, and compassion. Otherwise it’s not a love letter. A true love letter can produce a transformation in the other person, and therefore in the world. But before it produces a transformation in the other person, it has to produce a transformation within us. Some letters may take the whole of our lifetime to write.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Welcome to the final week of my Letter Writing Challenge. I hope you’ve enjoyed penning some cards and letters over the past few weeks!
Here’s what you’ll need this week:
- Your favourite pen or writing implement
- Writing paper, cards or postcards
- A small crystal or stone
- Around thirty minutes of undisturbed time to sit down and write your letter
Are you ready? Let’s go!
Read the instructions through once, and then complete the activity.
This Week’s Theme : A Proper True Love Letter
A real love letter is a beautiful thing. It’s not a needy rant, nor a declaration of desire. Instead it is a pouring onto the page of tender, powerful, vulnerable and exquisitely aware observations and emotions. A real love letter helps us to understand ourselves better as we connect with that love for another. It helps others to understand themselves better as seen through your eyes. Above all, love letters are kind, and seek to use love as a healing balm, and a path of growth and deeper peace.
Love, purely felt, allows you to see everything around you in a new light. It brings clarity and wisdom, peace and acceptance.
So this week, I am asking you to write a letter to a true love.
This might be a person – a lover, a parent or grandparent, a child, a friend. Living or passed.
But don’t limit yourself to that. One of my true loves is books and story telling. Yours might be a place, art, music, cooking, nature, a favourite pet, God.
Your true love may also be yourself.
Yes, you can write a letter to any of these things.
Start by holding your crystal or stone in your hands. Close your eyes, and build an energy of gratitude in your heart. Feel your heart swell with emotion. Pour that energy of gratitude into the crystal and then continue to sit in meditation for a minute or two longer. Now connect in to your heart. Ask yourself the question: “What true love does my heart require connection and dialogue with right now?” Wait for an image or representation of this true love to appear.
Trust that whatever you write today will be exactly what your heart needs to express about the love it holds inside you for yourself or another.
Now write your card or letter.
Trust that you will be guided to find the best words to express this wisdom of your heart.
Your words may be about gratitude. They may be observations of meaning, recollection of shared moments, echoes of distant memories or long-buried secrets. Your words may explain, forgive or seek forgiveness. They may remind, encourage or entertain. Your heart may ask you to call energies forth, to embrace something or to let it go. Honour whatever comes. You will know these wisdoms for their truth because of the emotion it stirs within you. And from the peace that comes and remains when you are done.
When your letter is finished, post or otherwise deliver it. If it is for someone no longer in your life you may choose to burn your note.
If your letter is for yourself or addresses an energy in your life read it often in the next few months to remind yourself of your rich emotional interior.
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Missed the start of the Challenge?
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