Speaking to a number of friends over the past few days, there seems to be a certain amount of dread, anxiety and getitoverwith surrounding their Christmas, so this blogette is for you.
A wise Buddhist friend taught me that no matter how many retreats, meditations or yoga classes you do it's when you go home to your family that you'll know what you still need to work on. They'll be one of our biggest tests and challenges in patience, calm, serenity and compassion and perhaps they will also feel the same about you!
Over Christmas, however much your sister is sniping or grandmother griping you have choices in the way you react/respond. When you are taking a bite out of your brussel sprout or nibbling your nut cutlet you may choose to note the silence and space that exists around you and within and observe this. Take a breath and just be with it and ask yourself, right here and now at this point, do I really have a problem? You may react to them and empower their behaviour, respond with kindness or do nothing - silence can be wisdom 'a wise man once said nothing' If you've had a glass of wine too many and you are finding it hard to focus, or you dislike that you accidentally reacted and feel disappointed, that's OK you've got the next moment to make it better and once again you will find in this moment silence, stillness, space and grace.
If you aren't with a big crowd and are on your own, enjoy the time to be by yourself, honour this and know that it won't always be this way, that this too is a test that will make you stronger. Be at home in you.
Feel grateful. Enjoy your Presence.
Happy Christmas x