If we are incapable of finding peace in ourselves, it is pointless to search elsewhere. – Francois Duc de La Rochefoucauld
Silent night, holy night, all is calm all is bright.
Not a chance chum!
With less than two weeks left of this wild and crazy year of questionable prosperity, I don’t think so. It’s more like jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle this! Are you not exhibiting the usual gusto with which you blast through the yearly red and green of it all? Find yourself multi-shirking the Santa duties? Are you a bit sluggish and in dire need of a nap? Doesn’t it feel weird?
The lack of chaos is stunning. But why?
Well, along with all of the other “corrections” we are experiencing universally, we seem to be aligning ourselves with the true nature of the season. The earth slows down at this time of year. The way we usually jam through this month goes against the fact that we have fewer hours of daylight. Our bodies naturally slow down in response. The trees, bears, grapevines, and the list goes on are all in a various stages of sleep.
For once we are going with the flow. It just feels odd.
There are many reasons why you may not be feelin’ it this holiday season. Ten years of living in a country stoking the fires of war. Five years of coping with a myriad of natural disasters. Three years of living in fear over the state of the world economy. Two years of watching people you know and love (and you may be one of them) struggle to keep their homes. Do you even have a job? All this various and sundry negativity has finally caught up with us collectively.
We are resilient but even the strongest branches will break when caught up in the eye of the storm.
So, I say your instincts are never wrong.
Keep up your multi-shirking ways! It’s an honest response. We are in a Mercury Retrograde until the end of the month. Winter Solstice arrives this coming Monday bringing with it a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse. The first to happen at Solstice since 1554. Big changes are ahead and if you are a sensitive person you are not going to be able to ignore the signs.
This year doesn’t have to be like all the other years of over-the-top gift giving and whirling dervish intensity. It isn’t fitting. Relax about what you usually do and why you aren’t up to doing it. Ask yourself if at a certain point homage did not in fact become parody?
Maybe a season of lack is what it takes in order for us to simplify and live a more authentic life overall?
There is an old “white magic ritual” my mentor shared with me ages ago.
If a person or situation is vexing you beyond vexation try this. Get a small piece of paper (think fortune cookie fortune size) and in pencil write down the name of the person or troubling situation. Fold up the paper into a tiny wad. Put the wad in a small container filled with water. Shove that container in the back of your freezer where no one will find it and defrost it. Leave it in there for at least six months.
That’s right, ICE it!
You may want to consider “Icing” 2010 altogether. (Or at least your old boss and the Ex-Honey.)
This time next week is Christmas Day. So what if you only have the energy to do half of what you normally do?
The holiday was never about the doing anyway. It’s about the loving.
And in that spirit… it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
Have a sweet one!