December is here and So is Christmas….again
As we come up towards the Solstice this year I will be enjoying the company of a group of people who are like minded during the solstice. This year what might I be looking towards for the next year. This excerpt from last year seems fitting for me this year so I share it now and will see what happens when we share our solstice celebration this year.
So it seems , like my Dad would say to me. “Christmas and the 4th of July are on the same day” and “life goes by in the blink of an Eye”. Here I am on the evening before Christmas Eve and contemplating my life for the next year and looking back at this last year. We celebrated the solstice on Sunday with some friends, honoring the four directions and then letting go of things that seem to no longer serve us . These can be feelings, or behaviors ,thoughts or actions too. We hiked into the woods then burned(safely of course) our written notes of things that we were letting go of then moved forward into our new way of being as we continued our hike. It was an eye opener to me how quickly I knew exactly what needed releasing . It seems logical that we should take an inventory of how we feel physically and emotionally on a regular basis. Once we are able to recognize things in our lives that are holding us back or keeping us stuck we can then create a plan of action to move forward into a new way of being. Sometimes just being aware is enough to stop the behavior . Other times we need friends , families , counselors ,or our partner to help us through this process. But what ever this might be for you (and for me too), now is the time for a deep looking at who you are being and who you would like to be. Who would you like to spend time with? Where is it you want to go in the next year(maybe only even in the next few days). Take time for yourself this holiday season to be good to yourself and others too. Get out in nature, and away from the candy dish too, your bluejeans will thank you!
We are listening to old Christmas albums from my childhood tonight and waiting for the snow to come(hopefully) and the return of the light. I bet my farmer is already planning his next garden for the spring…. Have a wonderful holiday as you see fit this year for you and your family
Karen ps these snowflakes hang in the cut out between my kitchen and my dining room. My son had just enough money to purchase them for me the year he spent Christmas in the hospital. They came from the gift shop there and I will always remember and be grateful for the gift of my John and his life. They hang every year to remind me how rich and full of love my life is. I am so grateful.