What does this time of year mean to you? Is it a time of frustration or a time of fulfillment? Maybe the holiday season is just a secular occasion for you. Maybe it’s a time of religious significance. Though I recognize there are many beliefs and celebrations the emphasis is mostly on Christmas.
Depending on your belief, some challenges are evident – added expenses and events, black Friday fury, sadness for what used to be, or memories of loved ones who’ve passed on. Have you also noticed the giving and compassion that occurs? For me, the holiday season is far greater than the secular chaos or the religious emphasis.
Maybe it’s just my focus, but here’s what I see –
Festive lights glowing and creating brightness that convey hope; holiday music that adds a bounce to people’s step (most songs); classic animated specials – The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, and Frosty the Snowman (all of which I still enjoy watching!) – that remind us to reconnect with our child-like Spirit and enjoy life; and the drawing near the end of another calendar year which invites inner reflection.
The essence of the holiday season, I believe, is based on the Universal Spiritual principle or truth – LOVE. Let me clarify that religious and spiritual are not necessarily synonymous.
Several years ago I was asked to give a talk on Spirituality. During that preparation it became very clear to me that the word Spiritual breaks into Spirit – U – al(l). Al(l), of course, is inclusive, with no exclusions. Therefore, no one is excluded when applying Spiritual principles – not the person you could do without; not the person of a different belief system, religious affiliation, nationality, economic status etc; not even the person who may have wronged you in some way.
This was a profound realization for me. Love, I learned, can transform anyone – I am living proof! It is a Universal truth. That’s what I believe Christmas is all about – LOVE!
Where there is Love there is a connection to the core of our Oneness. This is a level that can be difficult to achieve as in our humanness we often create interferences. We must do more than give lip-service to the concept of Love – we must apply it, even in the most challenging of circumstances.
Therefore, implementing only with people we like or that are easy to love is not the same as living by the Spiritual principle of Love. I by no means am implying I am exceptional at this practice, but as I’m certain you do, attempt to do my best on a daily basis.
We know we succeed when we move beyond exclusions created amongst U – al(l). We know we succeed when we break barriers and transcend differences amongst U – al(l). We know we succeed when we experience inner peace, joy, and tranquility beyond words, in spite of maybe acting contrary to doctrine or conditioned thinking.
What if this holiday season we all dug a little deeper to connect to that inner core where we are all the same? And what, if whatever level we achieved during this holiday season, we maintained after the festivities instead of letting it subside?
What would happen in your life if the Spiritual principle of LOVE was your primary guide the whole year through? How would that affect your family and friends? Your work environment? Your community? Our country – as well as others? The world?
The potential of the ripple effect is phenomenal with a little heightened awareness and a little extra commitment on all our part. Please join me in creating an extension of the season for a positive, lasting affect.
Whatever, and however you celebrate the holiday season, may you, your interactions, and your festivities all be anchored in LOVE!
Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukah! Happy Kwanzaa!
Shalom – Peace on Earth – Namasté.