Saturday, December 02, 2017

A holiday from the heart

I love the holidays. No matter what the world is doing, I enjoy the baking, time with friends, gifting, decorating, and so much more. To some that might seem spiritually shallow, but to the angels, any act performed with love is an act of deep and lasting vibrational value. I know the season is about so much more, yet I love the fact that we can be both deeply human and Divine and enjoy them both. There is no separation.

In fact the more I surrender to my human desires to enjoy the season, the more God works through my joy. In the middle of a day of gazing online with Braco – the miracle healer from Croatia – I was suddenly inspired to run out for a quick holiday errand. The clerk at the store noticed my pendant and commented on how she was really "drawn to it." I told her it was Braco's symbol of the light within.

She smiled, confessed that she didn't tell too many people, and proceeded to share her own miracle story. She was born with failing kidneys. As she grew up, she was slowly dying. Her mom brought her to a faith healer. Being a young teen, she asked God to heal her without making her look silly by falling on the floor or having her speak in tongues. Instead the healer touched her and she felt a huge warmth burn through her, followed by a feeling of being jolted and then, she said, "Suddenly I knew I was healed." She has been healthy ever since. Her doctor was amazed.

We smiled feeling immediate kinship. She was thrilled to become aware of another miracle healer. I was in joy to hear another miracle story. My errand was accomplished and so was God's! 

Trust your own heart. This holiday season, enjoy it however you wish, or not at all. Just be true to yourself. It really is that simple.

As we honor our own hearts, we honor the One Love, and the One light, from which we all are born. As we serve our own joy, we share that joy with others as well. 

Here are a few tips to stay in light and love during the busy holiday season:

1. Only do what you genuinely want to do

You don't have to have a "Normal Rockwell" Christmas unless that is your wish. Do the season your own way. Be authentic.

I'll never forget my first Christmas after a relationship ended. I was alone and although I usually love Christmas, I wasn't feeling at all Christmassy. I decided to do something completely non-traditional, and went hiking alone because nature always nurtures my soul. There, at the top of Camelback Mountain, in the middle of the city, I found myself amidst quite a celebration of strangers all chatting, laughing, sharing cookies, and enjoying the camaraderie of our shared love for nature.

To make matters even better, we were treated to an impromptu concert by a Scottish exchange student, dressed in full Scottish attire, who serenaded us with Christmas Carols on his bagpipes at the top! What are the odds?! It was an unusual but delightful celebration with total strangers.

Had I ignored my heart and tried to feel "Christmassy" at home that year I would have been sitting alone feeling sorry for myself! God had better plans. All I had to do was let go of my "shoulds" and be authentic about what I wanted to do.

2. Do what you love... or find ways to love what you do.

If you find yourself doing something out of obligation, rather than joy, rethink it. Either find a way to enjoy it, find a way to delegate it, or don't do it. It is the season to share love, not to stuff stockings – or stomachs – out of duty.

This Christmas I decided to do what I wanted when I wanted. Instead of writing this newsletter early in the week I dropped it to run to the post office and mail packages, which suddenly felt like a fun errand. Miraculously there was no one else in line! I was in and out in ten minutes.

The week before Thanksgiving, I managed to coordinate work on the house, work with clients, put up Christmas decorations, make Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas shop, and more. Nothing felt rushed. It was fun. I did what I felt like when I felt like doing it.

By choosing to do what we want to do when we want to do it, we place our trust the universe's amazing coordination and flow. 

3. Practice random acts of kindness... for yourself too!

This one is easy. Be kind to strangers. Smile. Give away candy canes (one of my favorite "Annta Claus" activities!). And... don't forget to stop and enjoy the season for yourself.

While I treat everyone else as if I'm a "fairie godmother" granting wishes during the season, I've learned to include myself as well. If I lose a few hours sleep because I've spent them under a warm fleece blanket sipping hot cocoa and watching a heart-warming Hallmark movie, I wake up energized and have even more spirit to share!

Be sweet to yourself as well as others!

I hope you can enjoy the spirit of the holidays, by being loving to yourself first, and then allowing the true spirit of the season to spill over. And if you're not feeling "Christmassy" it's OK... be sweet to yourself anyway and let the Divine work a little loving holiday magic in your own life.

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