As we approach the week of Christmas, the excitement starts to increase as people look forward to spending time with family, friends and away from work. It is as if we all breathe a collective sigh of relief that we have once again made it through another working year, whilst dodging the uncertainty of lockdowns, masks and COVID19 tests!
So are you spreading the Christmas spirit? As we get into the Christmas madness it is important to take the time to spread kindness and goodness to others. When you are looking for that special gift for someone are you smiling at others? Are you showing joy and thankfulness?
Once a year I have a ritual that I have been following since I was first trained in Native American philosophy. It is a meditative prayer that I was taught that gets me to remember all of the people that have come across my path over the past year. I take the time to visualise them and thank them for being part of my life over the past year. This can be a very powerful (and humbling) experience.
You decide who and how much time you would like to commit to being thankful (note: this is a great activity to do when you are going on a long drive as it allows the different people you have come across to randomly come into your thoughts as it can take a few hours).
Remember to just send some positive thoughts their way and to be thankful for what they have shared with you. Also be prepared to realise that some of the interactions with some of these people could have been stressful at the same time, however there is often a message or learning that you may have received from the experience (even if it was painful at the time!)
By taking a few minutes or a few hours to remember everything and everyone that we are thankful for we can reconnect and realign our energy to allow ourselves to make things just a bit better. And remember to smile to others and spread that Christmas spirit (even behind a face mask a person’s. eyes still light up!)
If you would like to spread some Christmas Cheer to the kids in the Hands Across the Water homes, any donation would be welcome. Even small amounts of $20 or $50 can add up and help us continue to provide the support we need. To donate to Hands please click here.
To all my friends and family I wish you a safe and connected holiday season.