In 2014, I will soar to new heights.
At the end of Level 2 Yoga Training last year, each of the trainees received a bracelet from our teacher with the succinct message: Fear Not. I wore it for months as a constant reminder that grew into my way of being, and it became my go-to mantra anytime I was faced with a challenging decision. Being of love instead of fear kept me completely grounded in 2013. Then one day Andy asked to wear it, and I could see the message sink into his way of being too. It completely changed the depth of our relationship. We began to communicate truthfully and vulnerably, made each other a priority daily, and to my biggest surprise, after 11 years together, we fell in love all over again.
Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us. – Marianne Williamson, Poet
Living from a place of love instead of fear allowed me to fully embrace several incredible opportunities in 2013. I officiated two weddings that played a huge role in helping me understand my greater purpose in life: to awaken the soul and be a conduit of love. I also had the privilege of being Maid of Honor for two of my best friends, and from them, I continue to learn the power of authentic communication, family values, and unconditional love. This past year, many unexpected incidents happened to several of my closest friends, and I learned what it truly meant to hold space and to simply be for others. Also to my surprise, I received a new job offer that I stepped into with an open mind and willing heart, and it turned out to be the perfect fit for me. I’m learning the depth of my strengths, the power of team work, and the impact of my actions all over again leading into my 6th year at Bazaarvoice. I never imagined this could be possible. And lastly, Andy and I got engaged. People ask me if I was surprised when it happened, or if I had a feeling it was coming. One of the biggest things I’ve learned is to let go. By choosing to live each day vibrating love, I had no room to live in any shadow of fear, doubt, or expectations in our relationship. Just observing the new-found depth of our relationship over this entire year, I knew in ever fiber of my being that we were ready for the next step. It was clear in every thought, word, and action that we both chose love.
After accomplishing the final and most thrilling task of teacher training last year, my teacher infused my Fear Not bracelet with wings. He told me that he wanted me to use them to soar to new heights, to create from a space of love, and to live an even bigger, more purposeful life. I had consciously decided to focus all of 2013 on grounding and being still. I intended to stop doing so much and just practice being. I wanted to develop the practice of being present to recognize new opportunities before me and with a steady mind, choose which ones to embrace. Reflecting on this past year has shown me the power of presence. Now in 2014, a year of weddings and love, I call on these wings to lift off the ground and soar to even greater heights. I cannot wait for what 2014 has to offer!
Fear Not. Be Love.