Christmas is here… the season of great cheer, of giving and receiving and also, a lot of commercial splendour. But how do you truly feel about the annual exchange of gifts?
Do you look forward to chill-axing with loved ones and relish the opportunity to see their faces light up with surprise and pleasure? Or do you feel that we, in general, already have a surplus of too much ‘stuff’ and that the whole occasion has been manipulated by the media as a drive to boost the economy?
Whatever your thoughts about it are, Christmas does offer an opportunity to embrace the festive spirit – to be swept up in the excitement of the children (or co-workers!) which shifts your own negative attitudes, whether you are conscious of them or not. ‘Tis the season to be jolly and it is also a season in which, you can create warmth, spread a little love and make a positive difference in our world in the following ways…
1. Spread plenty of positive energy. Send out good vibrations, prayers and wishes; take the time to write heart-felt messages in real, given-by-hand (or posted) cards. The words written by hand carry a different resonance to those of emails and aren’t they wonderful to receive?
2. Be creative and give some gifts that give back. Give to those who have less, who are going through hardships, to the many displaced Syrians, donate to a charity or raise a laugh or two around the tree and give some interesting gifts to those who already have it all, like goats, chickens and water supplies via oxfamunwrapped.org.
3. Do something different. Work in a soup kitchen, support the homeless by going out and giving hot food and drinks independently and see human life as it really is.
4. Heal rifts amidst families and working-teams. Use the social merriment (and tap into your inner-strength and higher self) to offer open gateways for allowing bygones to be bygones, clear up misunderstandings and remember the importance of being good to others – why is it so important? Just feel how good it feels.
5. Make a clear determination to look at colleagues, friends, clients and the world around you in the best possible light. Take a walk amidst some of the sparkling christmas lights and feel the magic in the air that makes life worth living.
6. Christmas is that time to slow down and unwind, disconnect and be. So wherever you are in the world, enjoy this special time and let go of life’s responsibilities… unless of course, you want to be cooking the turkey!
7. Allow that fun and naughty inner-child to tickle the bah humbugs out of your system. This is proven to release stress and tension and to raise seratonin levels (yep – that feel good factor, just act like a child and enjoy the moment!). Allow this playfulness to flow and you will be able to sail through even the most burnt of turkeys or challenging family situations.
And finally – why not give yourself and the world around you the greatest gift of all:
Choose to have an attitude of gratitude – whether you are Christian, atheist, or otherwise. Give thanks – for all that you have, all you have been given, the smallest things that you normally taken for granted, to your greatest life creations and manifestations. And as you give thanks, from the heart, feel your breath deepening and your body relaxing into a greater, higher and more expanded state of physical and emotional wellbeing.
May you enjoy a sparkling, magical Christmas, wherever and however you are celebrating.