As we get older, we often find less is more. We may not decorate the house to the extent we did when the children were younger. And if the tree isn't decorated quite the way it always was, so be it.
I wondered: during our amped up holiday schedules and constant content on our phones, what's all of this sensory overload doing to our health?
Having a season of comfort and joy starts with taking care of ourselves. If we make self-care -- inside and out -- part of our daily practice, we will have much more to give to those we love.
'Twas the month of December And e'r'where you looked There was stuff to get done-- You were way overbooked. If only you had Someone else who'd pitch...
It started with music. For those of us who came of age in the 1960s, music was a transformational force, and so it was with my journey into a career in humanitarian aid. I was first attracted to this work by the famine response in Ethiopia in 1983-85. Unlike other disasters before it, television brought images of what was happening straight into our living rooms, while the global fundraising concert event, Live Aid, got the message out to the world that what was happening was unacceptable.
An enlightened world understands that peace, wellness, wealth, our wholeness all begin inside. A heartful life including meditation is receiving all this and much more. It is time, beginning at an early age, to consciously be learning, growing, enjoying life full of heart intelligence.
My reward (and what makes my work enjoyable) is in feeling that what I do is valued, and that it positively affects the world, one way or another.
I've never been fond of artificial Christmas trees. Actually, in my younger days, I thought they were hideous. I wondered if the folks who put up fake trees in their homes had sad childhoods. Didn't they understand that the house was supposed to smell of pine?
I'm not suggesting that to be wiser, you should stop listening to your brain's wisdom. Instead, I suggest you broaden your attention beyond your brain to the rest of your body.
You may have silly or spiritual routines surrounding your holidays. Embrace them, embellish them and pass them on to the generations. Many gifts will not be remembered and the content of the family fighting will often be forgotten, but the traditions and memories that you create will be remembered and cherished.
The usual holiday reality is sparkling moments shining through quite a lot of disappointment, which is usually caused by the fact that we and those around us often fail in our duty to behave like Santa's perfect little elves.
Giving is better than receiving because it gives you a break -- from relentless self-criticism, from self-absorption -- and shifts your focus elsewhere.
Our credit card number has been stolen at least three times in the past six months. I blame it on my husband who regularly leaves the card at various scuzzy food joints. He blames it on me for shopping online. It's probably both or neither or just the fact that credit card theft is on the rise.
It doesn't matter if your schedule is jam-packed with parties, your holiday cards pack pictures, or you're expecting a visit from a family member. This season, every woman has a reason to look her best.
Sometimes the best thing to do when those around you are displaying frantic or negative energy is to get razor focused on something else. Anything else.
There's an old adage that says that Religion is for people who are afraid of going to Hell, but Spirituality is for people who've already Been There. ...