What do you want for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Winter Solstice?
Whatever tradition you celebrate, what is your hearts desire?
Ok, I’ll admit it. I got sucked into the Hallmark Movie Channel (again) while visiting my parents back east. I grew up in a small town of 9,000 and I’m eternally grateful for that. I am also glad that I had a brother and a sister and that my parents were wicked into Christmas (they still are). This time of year brings back memories of my childhood, of our house filled with family and friends and lots of cheer. These movies that were made resemble my childhood (except the main story of where a man and a woman fall in love and live happily forever after). However… there is something about this time. We are slowing down, winter is here, snow may be falling, the calendar year is coming to an end and we usually have time off. In a world where work is often a priority, I do celebrate the times where we can spend it with family and friends and be present. For isn’t it the memories we make and the experiences we have worth living for?
We were all unconsciously taught things in life that became our beliefs. I have come to realize that in any aspect of my life where I am not truly fulfilled it’s because of lack of love in that area. The love-fear continuum explains to me a lot. Our personality was developed around it. In order for us to have what we want, what’s in our heart, it means slowing down enough to feel it.
This is also a very difficult time for many. A lot of people are struggling. Struggling financially, with addiction, feeling alone, feeling defeated. But remember the strength of our human spirit. Your Spirit is marching and will again soar but it is up to you and you alone. The best medicine is to give, selflessly, when you feel you have nothing else to give. This will resuscitate your heart into feeling some warmth again. Open up yourself to love once again. The lactic acid (heartache) you may be feeling will dissipate as long as you exercise the heart and use it. Let people in. Give more of yourself. Being vulnerable may suck — but in the end it brings you closer to people.
What is the best present you can give to yourself this holiday season? Create what you want. Ask for it. Reach for it. Design it. It may not be easy, but it’s worth it. What is in your heart? What do you desire? I am thinking about this today as my family and I celebrate Christmas on Monday and this year comes to a close. It will serve as my compass on where I will put my attention in the coming weeks as I continue to design the lifestyle that serves my soul to feel completely free. It’s our birthright to SOAR.