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Laura's articles are published monthly on the San Dimas Community News, the La Verne Community News, the Glendora Community News, and the Azusa Community News. She is also a regular contributor to The Messenger, a Spiritual newspaper operating within the greater Los Angeles area and online editions.

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Past years:

Embracing the New You

by Laura Bonilla
Spiritual Coaching and Hypnotherapy 

We have now celebrated the New Year of the West and the New Year of the East (Chinese). This is 2012 and this is the year of the Dragon! The past is gone and the future is on your hands! Choose to dream BIG. Go after your dreams! This is a powerful year! 

You create your future with the energy you put into the present. All is created in the present, so you must release the past! You must be very aware of your energy, your thoughts and emotions you are putting into the present. 

Here are a few ideas to let go of the old and welcome the new You:

  1. Start by setting the intention that you’re only going to focus on the present moment. This is a new year and this is your new life. Whatever happened in the past is gone and happened for a reason. Now is a new moment and it’s precious. Savor every moment of your day regardless of your environment and experiences around you. 
  2. Start your day by looking into the mirror and make eye contact with yourself. Tell yourself how beautiful you are, inside and out. Tell yourself how precious and powerful and brilliant you are. Embrace yourself, literally. Know you are a child of the Divine and that the Divine is taking care of you at every moment. Feel that Power in you. 
  3. Throughout your days, count your blessings. See every experience as an opportunity to grow, to serve, to love. Know everything happens for a reason and that reason is to help you evolve, to have faith, to love. 
  4. Resolve to be happy no matter what. Go through your day choosing to laugh and smile more often. Know this is a beautiful life and that it is your choice to be happy. 
  5. Visualize your dreams and desires as if they’re already in your life. “Whasoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. Matt.” 21:22. Simply give thanks for all the blessings you are constantly receiving in your life. 

American essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Man is what he thinks all day long.” At the end of the day, you need just remember you are a child of the Divine. You need to awaken to your true Powers by letting go of the old. Embrace this year and know it is the best ever. Many blessings to you.

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Laura Bonilla, C.Ht. is a Licensed Spiritual Coach, Hypnotherapist, and Reiki Master/Teacher. Laura’s holistic approach is to bring the Spirit, Mind and Body into Oneness. Through her private practice she helps people be successful in life. For private sessions, information about her workshops or to buy her Self Hypnosis CDs please go to or contact her online. You can always read her articles and archives on her website. All her materials are copyrighted © 2018. Reprints allowed with credits intact.