With less than a month before Christmas your energy may seem scattered between what you want to do and what you believe you have to or should do. Extra activities abound, extra “on the go” errands to run, cards to write, check this list, check that list – so much “doing”, but which way to turn first?
The media, with its attention on commercial buying and material gadgets, has our wish list filled with items that we may find we really do not want; the media has us dreaming in terms of gifts, but the true gift of the season could be to change our awareness, change our focus and change our status to “being rather than doing”. Wouldn’t that really upset the commercialism’s apple cart?
Sure, some things have to be done – that is the season. But what if you shifted your focus to the heart rather than your pocket book and head? What if this season each of us found a way to limit our focus on the commercial and begin to bring our awareness back to what really matters in life?
Love and an open heart are the two main reasons for the season. With love and an open heart we can begin to surmise that material things come and go. Love with an open heart can remain with us forever – if we allow them to.
With love it is possible to see people for who they really are. Love affords an opportunity to let go of labels, dismiss the number of gifts given or received and love helps you to find boundaries that allow you to be you. And yes, you have permission to schedule some down time for you this season. Love and time, when given from an open-heart perspective, are the all-important things that everyone really desires. Many people will not tell you this, but it is true.
What does love look like? Well, it may be a few minutes of your time with someone who has very little. It may be a giving of a dish to someone struggling to feed themselves and their family. In days of old, my mom always baked extra pound cakes or fruitcakes to give to friends and families. This one gesture was a heart felt gift between friends that said, “I was thinking of you today and wanted to share something from my kitchen”. Baking was one of my moms favorite things and it cost very little to make extra treats for others. She did it from the heart and with love. Following the baking, she sat down and smiled at memories she was making and the love she was sharing. Following the baking, she penciled in time for herself.
What’s in your holiday bag?