The special letter from a year ago

I opened up my journal this morning wondering what thoughts had been occupying my mind a year ago today. It was after all, a year ago in November, that I connected with my heart’s desires and booked my flight to Hawai’i. I came upon a letter I had written as part of Oprah and Deepak’s 21-day meditation experience, Desire and Destiny, in which I shared with my younger self what I wish I knew. This letter reaffirmed several truths I have been connecting to with my most recent meditation experience over the past three weeks, the Energy of Attraction. I thought I’d share the letter with you friends. It was a source of encouragement for me especially after experiencing the pain of old wounds-both physical and emotional recently. Here is the letter friends. May you be encouraged and uplifted.

Dear Younger Me,

You are awesome just as you are. Quit wasting time trying to be something or someone you’re not and instead cultivate and develop your wonderful talents and attributes. You are imperfect, people are imperfect, and we still have the capacity to love, accept, and forgive each other creating beautiful bonds. Appreciate who and what you are today and let go of the “if only” thinking. And you know what, you can be beautiful and smart, but remember confidence is much more beautiful than big hair and layers of makeup. Focus your energies on creating the life you desire and be not afraid of the desires of your heart. I believe that they are God-given and if you meditate daily, you can align yourself with this Universal life force, the same living energy that flows through the trees. Don’t squander your energy, talents, and resources on worrying and procrastination, but again, invest your time and energies wisely. Sometimes you have to “do what’s necessary, then’s what’s possible, and suddenly you’re doing the impossible.” On this road of life, you will experience heartache, disappointment, outrage, joy, triumph, and other emotions, but always affirm: 1. God is always guiding you towards your highest good and 2. God is always with you. Sometimes we may need a reminder that things will get better and I promise you cultivating an attitude of gratitude and filling your life with things that bring you joy will help make things better. So relax, enjoy the present moment, and trust that everything is going to be okay.

– written November 23, 2013

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About Magaly L.

Five Facts About Me: 1. I was born in El Salvador, grew up in NY, and after being in the United States for almost 33 years, I finally became a citizen in 2013. I was super excited when I voted for the first time! 2. My personal favorites: chocolate, desserts, dancing, the beach, leisure travel, reading, juicing, gardening, cooking, spending time with family, and writing. I really do love chocolate. I prefer dark chocolate, but any chocolate is better than none. I also love red velvet cupcakes from my favorite bakery in NYC, Two Little Red Hens on the Upper East Side. And I love spending time in nature. There's something so peaceful about listening to the birds or listening to the waves break, that centers me in the present moment and reminds me that Divine order is at work in my life. 3. I come from a large family and I love it! My parents, two brothers, one sister, LOTS of cousins, aunts, uncles, abuelos, and my "gotitas de amor"-my nieces and nephews. 4. I am an educator both by training and at heart. 5. I have been living with PNES (psychogenic non-epileptic seizures) since 2007. Though this condition has been life-altering and challenging to live with at times, it has also led me to a more fulfilling life, strengthening my faith and helping me have the courage to pursue my passions and chase a couple of dreams.
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