Here we are again…the holiday season. I want to honor all the traditions, however, Christmas has been my tradition. A tradition, at least for me, of light and love and joy and laughter, although they’ve been less than perfect, they are real in all their humanness and imperfections.
I can only hope with each passing year and holiday season that the gift I receive is one of wisdom. The best definition I have for wisdom came from the book, Buddha’s Brain, by Rick Hanson. This definition states that wisdom is knowing what to let go of and what not to let go of. My wisdom surrounding the holiday season is to let go of the expectations I may have of what others are supposed to do to fulfill mine or their holiday fantasies, and to not let go of the idea that I can create and give what I want to create and give.
I have brought back to life, my life, the idea that the holiday season is an especially rich season of giving. Yes, there is the traditional gift giving: The boxes, the wrapping, the shopping. Yet, gift giving comes in infinite forms. There is the type of giving where we help others give, such as donating to charities whose mission is to support and love others who struggle to provide for themselves and their families. Giving of one’s self is a timeless holiday tradition. For example, volunteering and participating in events of all kinds during the holiday season or simply spreading the joy. You can take it upon yourself to do random acts of kindness for friends, family, neighbors or strangers without expectation of acknowledgement or reciprocity.
You can make a commitment to convey a “lightness of being” during the holiday season; lightness of being meaning that you are a spirit free of burden. Be a beacon of light and joy and peace. No matter what your day brings, bring light to others. That is the true spirit of the holiday season and for me the true meaning of Christmas. I guarantee that you will receive a much greater gift in return.
So don’t stress, bless!
Love and peace and joy to you and yours this holiday season.