12/22/2011 05:28 pm ET | Updated Feb 21, 2012

The Christmas Present

'Tis the season to be jolly and as we turn out in our winter's best, we reflect on those many moments of the past year, those moments that we lived and those that passed us by in a flurry of madness.

As Christmas affords us the opportunity to pause and reconnect with those that we love, we can also use it as a time to reconnect with ourselves. We can use it to find our center again, to tap into a sense of peace, to remember the sacredness of life and the possibilities of the present moment.

Between work and family, hopes and dreams, iPads, clothes and gift certificates... It's easy to get lost in the whirlwind of it all. Our conditioning primes us to reach for excess and yet actually all we really want for Christmas is contentment... wrapped up in a big red bow! Contentment invites us to be at peace with what is. When we have contentment we still have dreams but they don't have us.

We are able to savor the fruit of present awareness and with that we are able to offer others the possibility of finding the same joy. As we celebrate this special holiday, let us consider how it is that we take care, how it is that we pay attention. We have all experienced how differently we feel when the person we are talking to gives us their full focus and is connected to us in a heartfelt way. We feel embraced and cherished. We feel as if we matter.

In life, our perspective can either enhance our experience or impede it. If we feel given to we will feel the ebullience and joy of giving. If we feel taken from we will have less to offer. When we practice being present we cherish the most tender part of ourselves and we naturally and effortlessly give the gifts of joy and abundance to others.

Like tuning in the radio, there is a palpable difference in the quality our awareness, we recognize the slowness of the pause, the mindfulness that causes us to shift each time we call forth another part of ourselves to be present.

The beautiful thing about the unseen world is acts of kindness, they are something we can not live without. Taking a moment out to reconnect and give the gift of heart centered awareness, to yourself, and to those you love this holiday, is a gift of enduring worth and one that never goes out of fashion!