My 24th birthday was almost 2 weeks ago and I decided this new year, for myself, I am going to be a better women and open my mind & spirit to peace. I’ve spent a great deal of my life harboring resentment, hate, animosity, and a host of other negative energies that don’t serve any positive purpose in life.
“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”
The first step on my journey was honesty; truly being honest with myself and admitting & acknowledging my faults and flaws. For me, the only way to change who I am is to release what I don’t want to be.
The next step I’m taking and working really hard on is forgiveness. For more than half my life, forgiveness has been something I could never reach. Now, at 24, I feel forgiveness. I see what I need to do. I want to let go and not hold on to the past as if it is the present. Understanding that you can no longer change what has already happened and what happens, happens for a reason, has really helped me to release my resentment for the past and forgive.
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
I am also striving to be a better listener. I talk a lot and admittedly, some of what I say doesn’t have positive value. When I think of being a better listener the saying “you have two ears and one mouth” comes into mind and I try to focus on using my ears more and speaking less.
I have several other areas that I am working to improve, these are just a few that I’ve really concentrated on in the past few weeks. My journey is also aided with yoga and (eventually) mediation. I am practicing Bikram Yoga in a studio and Asana Yoga at home. So far practicing yoga has put me more in touch with my body and mind and definitely shifted my mindset.