by Embracing Your Own Spiritual Practices.
The holidays are upon us and it should be a very joyful time of year. But, for some people’s problems during the holidays seem more difficult. Individuals can get overcome with great sadness when we remember the loved ones who are not with us. And, many people have no one to spend these times with and loneliness, that at other times of the year does not appear, sets in. For others, the pace of the month adds to an already stressed-out schedule and the routines of life are broken.
So, what can you do if you find yourself glum and not in the spirit of the season? What can you do if you find that you are losing yourself to the hectic~ness of the season?
Throw the Covers Over Your head and Go back to bed! Well not exactly that but the message is the same. Stop, focus on what is important and rekindle spirit. Not the spirit of the holidays but your own. This is the time to embrace with great intention the spiritual practices that you have developed for yourself. Finding that sparkle, that shine, that joy is right there in the middle of those practices.
You don’t have spiritual practices you say? I bet you do! What fuels you? Do you take yoga? Do you hike in the woods? Do you have a practice of gratitude in your life? Do you read spirit-based books? Do you get bodywork? Do you meditate? The habit of a daily spiritual practice is any one of these or combination of them. Maintaining this routine that you have is essential at this time of the year. Indeed even enhancing it will allow you to not only elevate your own spirit but also enjoy more the spirit of the season.
Take a quick moment and look at your schedule. Mark out on your calendar all the ‘spirit activities’ that you are going to do each day from now through the end of the season. 15 minutes one day, an hour the next….anything that you can find. And, keep that time for them as you would any other appointment. This will allow you to Lift your own Spirits and Joy and bring that to others during these holidays.
I was reminded how easy it is to embrace your inner wisdom the other day. Sometimes a simple song will do. I heard this on the radio: The old Cyndi Lauper classic, Time after Time. I hadn’t heard it in awhile and it resonated so differently for me. Yes, it’s a ballad to a loved one. The lyrics meant just this to me:
Sometimes you picture me–I’m walking too far ahead
You’re calling to me, I can’t hear What you’ve said–
Then you say–go slow–I fall behind–The second hand unwinds
If you’re lost you can look–and you will find me Time after time
If you fall I will catch you–I’ll be waiting Time after time
The “I” in the lyrics spoke to me this time. The “I” was my soul, my spirit, my core self. It got me right in my core. Because, I knew that every time I fall (and I do) that I will be caught by my inner wisdom. It is now on my “when I need inner spirit support” play list.
Yes, If you’re lost you can look and you will find your spirit. It’s always there ~ even when you feel like throwing the covers over your head and that the spirit of the season has left you. Your inner spirit is always there….you just have to look for it.
Here’s a mellow rendition of the song that I so enjoy by Eva Cassidy: Time after Time
What ‘spiritual’ practices will you elevate this holiday season? Do you have a song play list that helps support your spirit?