What is most important to you? Most sacred? Now that we’re smack dab in the middle of the holiday season have you kept that in mind or been swept away with the craziness?
It’s easy to get swept away. SO easy. But, it’s never too late to come back to center.
So what is it that’s most important and sacred to you over the next few days? For me it’s feeling connected to my family. That’s what holidays have always meant for me.
And how do I do that? I choose to support my kids through their over-stimulation. I choose to take their acting out as opportunities to teach. I take time out to cuddle them, look in their eyes and let them know how special they are to me. I appreciate my husband’s opinion on gifts and that he’s with me shopping for them–and I let go of picking the ‘right’ gift when his choice is different to mine. I choose to do thoughtful things for him to show him that I appreciate him. I find ways to stand by my values while at the same time honoring the values of others. I choose carefully when to speak, when to listen, and when to walk away. I accept others for who they are. I take time to take care of myself and be by myself so I can do all of these things with as clear a head as possible.
All of this because I choose love and prioritize connection. I’ve written here before about love being a verb. And it is. There are warm fuzzy feelings that come along with love often times, but sometimes being loving is a tough choice. Especially during the holidays when we have a certain idea about what ‘should’ be happening, when triggers abound, when hurts from previous years are stored away in our hearts, and when emotions are running high.
This, my friends is a freakin’ great time to practice love. My wish for you is that your heart is lit ablaze with love, that love is able to seep into all the pain filled crevices of your heart and heal you a little bit more. That going into 2017 you are shining the light of love so bright and with such ease that it’s everyone around you is seeded with it.