Letter Writing Challenge – Week Six

Love Letter By Cilgin Pastaci Deviantart

Love Letter By Cilgin Pastaci Deviantart

“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.

Beginnings

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.

Image from Simple Reminders

Image from Simple Reminders

PS: If you want to share what you’ve done, pop over to our facebook page and say hi, and share away!

Missed the start of the Challenge?

You can go back and catch up here:

Letter Writing Challenge – Week One

Letter Writing Challenge – Week Two

Letter Writing Challenge – Week Three

Letter Writing Challenge – Week Four

Letter Writing Challenge – Week Five

Journal for Spiritual Clarity and Connection 3 – All about my Emotions

One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.
~ Carl Jung

Week 3:  All About My Emotions

This week we are focussing on our emotions, our feelings and all that entails for us, with a special emphasis on feeling good.  Our plan is to understand and connect with our emotions; our relationships, triggers, dreams and hopes and how our surroundings influence us.

Journal Exercise:

Journal relationships this week.  Identify areas where you need to forgive or move on.

Work out who/what supports you and makes you feel good, and who/what brings you down.

Identify triggers for positive feelings, and triggers for negative feelings/low self worth.  Limit the negative triggers!

Use any of these starters to help you:

  • How I feel right now is…
  • What I need to do to improve how I feel now is…
  • One person who always makes me feel good is…
  • The thing in my life I need to let go of is…
  • The person in my life I need to let go of is…
  • I still can’t stop thinking about…
  • The stuff that always brings me down includes…
  • One of the happiest times of my life was…
  • I’m still proud of the fact that…
  • I shed far too many tears over…
  • The most powerful teacher of how NOT to do things in my life has been…
  • The most powerful example of how I’d like to be is…
  • When I think of my pet, I feel…
  • A place that evokes positive memories for me is…
  • A time in my life when I felt unstoppable was…
  • The person I am still mad at the most is…
  • The person I need to forgive most is…
  • When I think about people who suck me dry, or leave me feeling drained and bad about myself, these people come to mind…
  • If I could name the cheerleaders in my life, the people who have supported and encouraged me over the years, they would include…
  • Food that always makes me feel good about myself is…
  • Food that might feel good in the short term but that triggers guilt, low self-worth or uncomfortable physical symptoms is…
  • Music that uplifts me includes…
  • Movies that always make me feel good are…

Activity:

Overhaul your bedroom and lounge areas so that they reflect your style and are uplifting and nurturing.

Play music that inspires you. 

Introduce colour into your clothing and your life.  Get some sunshine, and spend time in nature.

Clean up your house, your car and your energy!

Contact an old friend, or do something to make new friends.  Spend time with people you love, and who love you!

(This image by vichie81)