WHAT DO YOU CELEBRATE?
There is much going on with Earth and its people who are in the midst of the holiday season and the aftermath of elections. This is a chaotic time of year; getting ready to celebrate the various holidays, preparing to be with family and friends and purchasing gifts for one another.
Today, take some time and remember the true meaning of the holidays. It is not about shopping for things, even though stores have extended sales over several days for convenience and increased sales. It is still about the true meaning of Christmas or whatever holiday you choose to honor.
It is time to celebrate. How do you celebrate and what is it you truly celebrate? Does it really matter if your children get the newest phone with all the new features or not? Where are their hearts? Where do they place their attention? The true celebration is the celebration of being, of being who you are and being in the moment.
Go out into nature. Observe how she chooses to spend this time of year. Nature is at rest; at peace. She goes within with her energy, drawing her attention inward and taking the time to rest and renew herself. With all the hustle and bustle of the season, are you taking the time to go within and renew yourself?
TAKE TIME TO BE THANKFUL
People set aside this time of the year to give things and to celebrate. This season, make the time to give thanks on a daily basis. Create a regular practice of gratitude. Take the time to go within and be grateful for each person in your life. What have you learned from each of them? How have they improved your life? These are the gifts we give to each other. What you purchase for another is not as important as the lasting gifts given to you by another and those given in return from you.
What gifts do you give them? How have you changed each of their lives? Monetary gifts are given too much importance. The gifts that come from the heart are what really count.
There was a time, Mary, you also remember so well that it still brings tears to your heart. It was Valentine’s Day and your husband had just gotten out of the hospital. On the way home, you stopped to walk the beach to cheer him up. Tom was upset he had not purchased anything for you. As he looked down, he stopped to pick up a very small stone in the shape of a heart. It is still in your possession today.
A similar situation happened at Christmas time. Your husband begged the doctors to be home for Christmas. Finally, on Christmas Eve he was released from a Denver hospital around 6 p.m. There was no time to shop and not much had been prepared for the holidays. The gift you gave each other was the gift of love, being together at home on Christmas day. Nothing else mattered.
These are examples of the gifts you give each other. Money cannot buy these things. Take the time to tell each other what they mean to you, the importance they have played in your life and how you are so much better off because of the individual being in your life. Celebrate the moment and be grateful for what you do have. There may be times that this becomes more important than buying something. Be with your loved ones during these times and share the gift of each of them being a part of your life.
Archangels Michael, Raphael and Michael and Sri Yukteswar
Wishing you love in all that you do, Mary