30 Days of Holiday Peace
How foreign it can be, particularly come the holiday season to remember stillness, wonder, astonishment. The very touchstones of the season are often lost to us as we lurch headlong into the reflex of rush and race, forgetting the reasons we celebrate at all. Slighting nature's cue to curl into the dark times, we miss out on the mystery that awaits us in candlelit silence, we are out of step with ancient rhythms meant to re-store and renew. Instead of finding solace and grace, the dark times may leave us feeling shadowed, emptied of good cheer, unwilling or wanting to socialize; at odds with family, or missing those no longer with us. Pressure to measure up wrings the joy out of us and we'd rather just burrow beneath the covers till it all passes.
This year I propose a change and extend a radical invitation; a welcome home; a return to self-compassion, kindness, simplicity and well-being. A way to stand still in the very heart of the Season of Light.