Holiday family gatherings have become smaller and more intimate this year.
As we approach the season, I am reminded of a time when I was a child and how I would sit, in front of the Christmas tree 🎄 just before bed time. I'd marvel at the lights shining off the sparkling silver tree as the color wheel spun hosting shades of magenta, turquoise, and violet.
I enjoyed sitting alone in awe of the light show, breathing in the essence of joy and happiness imagining what Santa would bring. There was also this vintage musical church🕍 that played Silent Night under our tree🎄…it would light up, only from the inside out.
At the steeple was a stained glass plastic piece that sometimes came dislodged because as children do I would pick up the church 🕍 and try to look inside it to see where the sound was coming from when it played. I wanted to know how it worked. I was curious as to how the light shone through the stained glass and how it could play the music to this popular, calming Christmas carol. I loved to sing along “Silent night, Holy night, All is calm , All is bright.”
The loose stained glass window would float around inside the church, silly for me to think of this but now it reminds me of a guitar pick, only it was strumming the cords of my soul…. making me think of how the music coming from inside the church was the byproduct of the light shining outward through the window….but where did that light come from?
Auspicious as it was, I don’t know how to get there again. To seeking the innocence of what that magical time during my childhood instilled inside me…do you? It was a time of wonder, imagination and creativity, yet what I didn’t know then was that I was creating my life simply by imagining what I wanted Santa to bring me and by feeling all the joy and grace that magical church🕍 playing Silent Night inspired in me.
Back then my mind and heart were congruent, they were in sync. I wonder now how many of us are not in sync with our soul and how we may need to be silent for a time, to listen to what our inner voice might be calling us to do or to be or to become.
The anticipation of the New Year brings longings of days gone by…the way things used to be, before COVID hit as well as hope for a better year ahead. Our country is most likely facing another shut down, as we are seeing some states already locking down as the holiday season approaches. This naturally sparks concern for the economy and how we will get along, as some lose wages provoking emotions such as worry, stress, anger and fear!
Along the journey of our life sometimes we fall off our path or get detoured, feeling loss. At these times we can reflect and integrate the past and present to create a future that is more aligned with the innocence of that child we have forgotten in ourselves and begin to receive the gifts the universe intended for us to share in the world, but we need to be silent and listen.
This holiday season as you embrace the intimacy shared with loved ones, take a moment or two to sit silently and fill your heart and mind with joy, grace and appreciation….And as you do this, I encourage you to go deep inside and ask "How have you forgotten the silence of the night deep in your soul?" How can you bring that calm back? …how can you shine? 🌟How will you move forward in 2021 and create new virgin territory in your life, calmly in peace. Then go rest your head, your mind and senses and sleep, to allow the universe to manifest great deeds through you.
Wishing you and Your Loved Ones Blessings Filled With Health & Happiness this Holiday Season!
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Written by Shelley xo