In the last post, I wrote about the idea of having a “burden bowl,” where we can lay our burdens down and be free of them forever, or at least until we decide to pick them up again. I left a lot of burdens behind on New Year’s Eve. I wanted to walk into the new year free of those heavy weights I had been dragging around – guilt, judgment, fear, unforgiveness, resentment, stories, insecurity, and shame. I thanked each burden for its gifts to me, set it gently down, and said goodbye. It was liberating. Oh sure, I’ll pick some of those up again from time to time, but hopefully I will not carry them indefinitely as part of who I am.
Someone asked me on the other hand what I want to carry forward into the new year. I thought about that and realized that I don’t want to “carry” anything. If it’s something I want to have in my life, then I want to embrace it wholeheartedly. I want to be a better listener, for example, so I’m going to embrace listening. I also want to embrace allowing, compassion, release, gratitude, acceptance, balance, humility, alignment, kindness, forgiveness, and trust. I especially want to embrace listening to and trusting my inner wisdom. And I want to embrace the present moment with my full attention.
I’m curious to see how this year will evolve, relieved of my burdens and embracing those qualities and practices that will open my heart and expand my spirit.
What about you? What burdens did you leave with the departing year? And what do you want to embrace in this brand new, fresh year?
I embrace now—this moment—with my whole being. ~Amy Leigh Mercree