Are you feeling overwhelmed with your to-do list for the Holiday season? Is your focus on unwrapped (or not yet bought) gifts, unwritten holiday cards, traffic snarled highways and swiftly vanishing days? It’s hard to simply celebrate being alive in the midst of all this.
What could you remember in these stressful times? How could you celebrate?
At its heart, a holiday is a “holy day”, meant to give space for reflection, acknowledgement and celebration. True celebration has an attitude of being grateful and a feeling of joy. It has an intention to acknowledge and a recognition of what has been received.
Celebrate Being Alive!
Celebrating can be a solitary experience as well as a communion with loved ones. Celebration begins inside of you with the simple act of taking a conscious breath. The breath keeps you alive. Could you feel grateful for the chemical, energetic miracle that takes place with every inspiration?
Let your celebration start with truly receiving your breath. Then allow your thoughts to reflect on your changes through this year. What do you feel grateful for having experienced? Just like your breath fills you, allow that recognition to flow through you. Then let that feeling extend beyond you, radiating out to family, friends, loved ones.
With your next breath, feel back into yourself once again. Feel the miracle that you are in this moment.
Celebrate being alive…
Time for Reflection
Take a breath. Release it. Take another. Devote some dedicated time of concentration/meditation. It doesn’t need to be hours of quiet, perhaps only 15 minutes. Then allow the question to simmer within you through the weekend. Let responses bubble up into your awareness. Notice new ways of thinking, of images or ideas that arise spontaneously. Pay attention to your dreams. Let it happen. Be aware. See where it leads you next. Let yourself savor this process of receiving from yourself. Don’t judge whatever comes up, just receive it. Make notes.
You may want to share something from this process. Sharing is an important way to anchor an insight in your body. It leads you to deeper insight. It stimulates action. Share whatever moves you!