If the holidays “should” be a time of family and friends, but they are not, you will have a tendency to feel as if something is wrong. If the holidays should be a time of giving but you can’t afford gifts, you might feel a sense of lack.
It is in releasing expectations, and facing the present moment with all the love and light in your heart, that you can find joy amidst loss, loneliness, or lack. If you feel a sense of loss, by facing the present bravely you will see all that you do have. If you feel a sense of loneliness, and face the present you will see all out there who are in need of love and in volunteering, or assisting others you will soothe your own loneliness. If you feel a sense of lack, it is in facing the present that you can look inside of yourself and find the gifts you do have to offer – the ones that don’t cost a dime.
The holidays, or any time of year, are enjoyed so much more easily when you face life as it is, when you look inside yourself, as you are, and when you accept those two things first, then asking yourself, “How can I bring more love into my life? How can I share love with life?”
Perhaps by offering to walk a friend’s dog a few times next year you will connect with other human beings whom you might not have met! Perhaps by making a jar filled with little pieces of paper containing wishes for a friend, you will feel the light of the season rushing through you and, in this positive vibration, enjoy your own miracles. Perhaps by sitting quietly and remembering all the good times with a loved one who has transitioned, you will be in a space to connect with them and feel their continuing presence around you.
Dear ones, release your expectations of yourself and life. Enjoy the holidays and every day as a simple, loving dance with life.
This is our holiday recipe for happiness:
Come as you are. Meet life as it is. Add love.