by Deb Schnitta
energy of the season seems to pick up earlier and earlier each year.
It's not just the advertisements and sales that begin before
Thanksgiving; it's a sense of urgency that seems to permeate the air.
this becomes the energy of the season, to rush, to scramble and let's
face it, to put self-care on the back burner, untill after the holidays.
what if there was an easy way to disconnect from the sea of bombardment
and find peace? Imagine carrying through life, amidst all the hustle
and excitement from a place of gratitude and peace.
Of course as
spiritual beings, this is what we do daily. As human beings in
partnership with our spiritual selves, it can be easy to loose our
center, whether in the midst of holiday activities or other aspects of
When we loose our center, we join the largest flow
around us. This often happens unconsciously and we find ourselves at
the mercy of what is milling about, whether it is lack, anxiety or
chaos. We respond from there, often unaware that this has transpired.
simple steps to remember who we truly are can change the course of the
holidays, as well as each and every day. By doing these we act from our
larger consciousness, we evolve our relationships and we create the
harmony we desire both as personalities and as our larger Selves.
begin by taking a breath. You may not even notice the tension in your
body until you do so. We learn as children to be beings of doing
activities. As adults, we take on roles of multi tasking, coordinating
and pushing through to what is next. In this process we disconnect from
our bodies, we disconnect form our Selves.
In this single
breath, we invite in the largeness that is us. It may just seem as if
we are coming back to a moment of quiet, a place of peace. It may seem
as if the chaos all around us slows to a pace that is calm. The
activities are the same; the influence upon us is not.
breathe in, turn your awareness to your heart. It may help to visualize
the center of your chest, feel the rhythm of its beating. Sense the
steadiness here. Imagine each beat is calling you inward, drawing you
to the depth of you wisdom and power.
As you do this, you may
notice a spontaneous deep breath as the body recognizes the state of
connection that has just occurred. There is more of you here now.
From this place of peace, the stillness of your breath, ask yourself the following question:
What do I want to create here now?
Be willing to wait for the answer. Be willing to be surprised by the voice of wisdom that emerges from within.
may be a simple statement, such as I want to finish this shopping
easily and joyfully. It may be more complex, such as I desire to come
from an open heart in this conversation with my family.
Simply take the next breath and imagine this intention going out into the world, carried by each and very beat of your heart.
we return to a moment of silence, an opening for grace, we invite in
our wisdom. We recognize our creative power as spiritual beings, and we
create the world that we desire.
When we learn to do this every
day, we create life as an expression of who we truly are, and in the
process, we learn about our selves more fully. We may learn for
instance how we push others away all the while desiring connection. We
learn as the human aspect of ourselves, so that we may evolve and offer
more of our consciousness to the larger aspects of our selves. When we
come from here, even if only for a moment, we create great change, in
ourselves, in our families and in the world.
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