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

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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

Letter Writing Challenge – Week Five

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Image from imgkid.com

“I’ve heard fate talked of. It’s not a word I use. I think we make our own choices. I think how we live our lives is our own doing, and we cannot fully hope on dreams and stars. But dreams and stars can guide us, perhaps. And the heart’s voice is a strong one. Always is.

Your heart’s voice is your true voice. It is easy to ignore it, for sometimes it says what we’d rather it did not – and it is so hard to risk the things we have. But what life are we living, if we don’t live by our hearts? Not a true one. And the person living it is not the true you.”
~ Susan Fletcher, Corrag

 

Welcome to Week Five of my Letter Writing Challenge, and heartfelt apologies for missing this post last week. For six weeks, every Monday, I am posting a theme and ideas, and asking you to pen a short (or long!) letter to someone, and then pop it in the post or otherwise deliver it to them.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Your favourite pen or writing implement
  • Writing paper, cards or postcards
  • A small crystal or stone
  • Between five and thirty minutes each week 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 Heart-Directed Letter from Your Wise Self to You!

That’s right. This week’s letter is for you, from yourself. No-one knows you better, and there are things that the voice of your heart is eager for your stubborn go-it-alone brain to hear.

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. You may connect with a feeling, an idea, an image or even a colour. Sit quietly and ask yourself this question, “Heart, what do I most need to know right now?”

Trust that whatever you write today will be exactly what you need to guide, inspire, direct or uplift you.

Now write your card or letter.

Trust that you will be guided to find the best words to express this wisdom of your heart.

You may find yourself writing a note of encouragement. If that’s the case, place that note somewhere where you can read it often and be guided by those words of comfort and wisdom.

Image by Jennifer Chen

Image by Jennifer Chen

You might surprise yourself, and write an outpouring of what truly matters, what needs to be looked at, what needs to be included or discarded.

It could be a longing to create a certain kind of life, or to give energy to a dream hidden deep within you.

Allow your letter to be as long as it needs to be. If necessary, write it in installments. If you haven’t been in touch with your true self for a while you may find that your heart has plenty to say.

Whatever comes, take time to sit with that letter once it is finished. Read it often. Allow your mind to connect with the whisperings of your heart.

Our heart always knows…

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Image from pixshark.com

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 Four

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Image from hercampus.com

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
~ Marcel Proust

 

Welcome to Week Four of my Letter Writing Challenge. For six weeks, every Monday, I am posting a theme and ideas, and asking you to pen a short (or long!) letter to someone, and then pop it in the post or otherwise deliver it to them.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Your favourite pen or writing implement
  • Writing paper, cards or postcards
  • A small crystal or stone
  • Between five and thirty minutes each week 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 Heartfelt Thank You!

Hold 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. In that place of gratitude and love open your heart and reflect on people who have contributed positively to your life – people who have taught you, supported you, loved you, cared for you, believed in you, grown you. Allow one of those people to become prominent in your heart and mind as someone to whom you can write a heartfelt thank you letter.

Now write your card or letter.

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Image from hipgallery.com

Trust that you will be guided to find the best words to express your thanks. Explain to that person what they or their actions have meant to you, and how it made you feel. Write about what you have learned and how you have changed as a result of knowing them. Tell them WHY you are so grateful and thankful.

So often the truth we hold inside us remains unacknowledged in the wider world. By sharing our heartfelt thanks we are contributing to the positive flow of energy in the world, as well as within ourselves.

Note: If your heart has chosen someone who is no longer in your life, or who has passed away, it is still okay to write your letter to them. When you have finished the letter, burn it so that symbolically and energetically it can still reach them.

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 Three

Image of this adorable smurf (I love smurfs!) from Etsy

Image of this adorable smurf (I love smurfs!) from Etsy

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“In all of living, have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.”
~ Gordon B. Hinckley

“One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching”
~ Gerard Way

 

Welcome to Week Three of my Letter Writing Challenge. For six weeks, every Monday, I am posting a theme and ideas, and asking you to pen a short (or long!) letter to someone, and then pop it in the post or otherwise deliver it to them.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Your favourite pen or writing implement
  • Writing paper, cards or postcards
  • A small crystal or stone
  • Between five and thirty minutes each week 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 :  Your Choice From The Lucky Dip!

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. Open your heart and ask that you be guided and inspired by one of the Lucky Dip choices today.

When you’re ready, read through the Lucky Dip choices and choose the one to which you are most attracted:

Now take out your paper and pen and write that card or letter.

You could use a note card, a postcard, or a piece of paper. Go with what feels right to you.

Image from teddawe.com

Image from teddawe.com

Here are your Lucky Dip choices:

  1. An Invitation: It could be for a party, dinner, Sunday lunch, a picnic in the backyard, a walk at the beach, a shopping trip, a cup of tea in the cubby house, a trip to your favourite yum cha place, or a coffee in your local cafe. You might write just one, or many.
  2. A Love Letter: Yep, that’s right. A letter to your darling. It’s really up to you what you write – it could be its own kind of invitation 🙂 or a list of all the things you love about your partner, it could be an outpouring of poetry and romance, or even words cut from papers and magazines and sent by a secret admirer.
  3. A Newsy Catch-Up: for a relative, friend, or someone you haven’t seen for a while, like a neighbour from next door in the street where you grew up. Include photographs or anything else that feels good to you. Fill them in on what’s been happening in your life.
  4. A Love Letter to Your Future Soul Mate: This is the letter that sets your intent to the Universe and invites your soul mate into your life, that tells them all about you and your hopes and dreams, and also what you are looking for in your new love. If possible, place this letter in a pink envelope and then place it in a drawer in your bedroom, or taped inside the back of your diary!

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    Image from community.sparknotes.com

  5. A Funny Story: A letter to make someone laugh and to brighten their day. It could include a joke, a tale that will make them smile, or some silly thing you saw or did that reminded you of this person or that they might appreciate.

When your letter is finished, post it off, hand deliver it, or leave it where you know it will be found and read.

Life is for sharing the adventure. This week your letter will help you to do that.

Happy Writing!

Lots of love, Nicole xx

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 Two

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”
~ Charles Dickens

“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”
~ John Holmes

 

Welcome to Week Two of my Letter Writing Challenge. For six weeks, every Monday, I am posting a theme and ideas, and asking you to pen a short (or long!) letter to someone, and then pop it in the post or otherwise deliver it to them.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Your favourite pen or writing implement
  • Writing paper, cards or postcards
  • A small crystal or stone
  • Between five and thirty minutes each week 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 :  The Letter of Support and/or Encouragement

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. Open your heart and then think about a person who could really use a kind word, some support or encouragement right now. It could be a public figure, a friend, a family member, or someone in your community. They might be going through a hard time , or they might be reaching out to do something that is pushing their boundaries. Trust that the person you think of first will be the right person for today’s activity.

Once you have been guided to a person, sit for a further minute and be open to words, images or feelings that might help you with your letter.

Now take out your paper and pen and write to them. Pour your feelings of support or encouragement onto the page. Know that you’ll find good words, and that your words will help them, and let them know that someone cares.

You could use a note card, a postcard, or a piece of paper. Go with what feels right to you.

Remember to sign your name when you are done.

Life can be an uphill climb sometimes. Knowing that someone is standing in support of us can mean the world.

Here are some suggestions for people who might benefit from your kind words:

  • A new parent
  • Someone going through an illness
  • Someone whose efforts or sacrifice made a difference to you or to the world
  • A person who is studying
  • A public figure you admire who is working to bring about change
  • Someone who has lost a friend, a partner, a child, a pet
  • Someone who is learning something new
  • Someone coping with loss
  • A person who has made a mistake
  • Someone starting a new business
  • Servicemen and women
  • Volunteers
  • Someone with a really big goal
  • Someone who is starting over
  • A person who is ending something
  • A person in changed or challenging circumstances
  • An immigrant or new arrival in your country or town
  • Someone who has achieved something to be proud of
  • Someone who tried, and failed

When your note is finished, post it off, hand deliver it, or leave it where you know it will be found and read.

If it is not us who will encourage and support, then who?

Happy Writing!

Lots of love, Nicole xx

 

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?

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Letter Writing Challenge – Week One

Letter Writing Challenge – Week One

Thank-You-Card1

“One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.”Lewis Carroll

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”Oscar Wilde

 

Welcome to Week One of my Letter Writing Challenge. Over the next six weeks, every Monday, I am posting a theme and ideas, and asking you to pen a short (or long!) letter to someone, and then pop it in the post or otherwise deliver it to them.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Your favourite pen or writing implement
  • Writing paper, cards or postcards
  • A small crystal or stone
  • Between five and thirty minutes each week to sit down and write your letter.

Today’s letter is a warm-up. A few words or sentences that express our appreciation. Ready? Let’s go!

This Week’s Theme :  The Simple Thank You

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. Think of your daily life, and a person in your life who somehow contributes to your day going well. It could be a teacher, the person who makes your morning coffee, the smiling lady at the sandwich shop, or the author of a great book you are reading. Trust that the person you think of first will be the right person for today’s activity.

Once you have been guided to a person, write them a short note.

You could use a note card, a postcard, or a piece of paper.

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Image from snapcreativity.com

Write a few simple words or sentences to express your thanks to that person for the contribution they make to your life, and what that means to you. Then sign your name.

So many people live without recognition and acknowledgement of their efforts in helping others. This week our little challenge will go some way towards reversing that. We’ll be sharing a little spark of love and goodwill in the world, and that’s always a good thing.

If you don’t know the name of the person you want to thank, just write

Hi! I just wanted to say thank you for___________________ 🙂 Sign your name xx

Here are some suggestions:

  • Thank you for making such great coffee. It’s the best part of my morning.
  • Thanks for being my friend.
  • Thanks for being my sister/brother/father/mother.
  • Thanks for making me laugh.
  • Thanks for being there.
  • Thank you for always having the best fruit selection.
  • Your lunches are amazing. Thank you.
  • I love your yoga classes. Thank you!
  • Thank you for always giving such friendly service.
  • Thanks for being so kind to my pet/child/partner.
  • Thanks for helping me with.
  • I really enjoyed __________________ Thank you!

You don’t need a long letter. Just a few words or sentences is fine. In fact, you could even carry an extra card in your bag or pocket this week, and pen a spontaneous note of thanks when the mood takes you.

When your note is finished, post it off. Or hand it over with a smile. Or leave it with a tip after your coffee or meal.

It is also perfectly acceptable to leave your note on someone’s desk, in their pocket or lunchbox or briefcase, or on their pillow (no – I am not endorsing crazy stalker behaviour here!)

Happy Writing!

Lots of love, Nicole xx

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

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