Why do Traditions Matter for that matter? They matter if and only if they meet the following litmus test:
A Tradition is a belief, a behavior or an event that is passed down within a group that has symbolic or special significance. Of course, Holidays are a time of many traditions. They can persist as sacred and specific time honored ceremonies or they can evolve as generation after generation adds or subtracts from the past event. So, often we continue them because we are supposed to or we believe we should or we continue them out of guilt.
What is the real reason why you are still participating in this? By checking in with yourself, by asking your mind “Why” and by checking in with your heart….you will be able to see ~ like an objective viewer ~ why you are still continue the tradition.
How does a tradition affect you? If you check in with your heart, you will uncover many truths about the traditions in your life. My favorite check in is “But does it FEEL GOOD to be doing it?” If yes, then I wholeheartedly go and do it and in-joy it completely. If no, it’s time to re-evaluate the tradition. Is it still something you want to do in it’s entirety? Is it something you want to shift somewhat to meet your new desires?
Sounds easy, right? Than why is it so hard to break a tradition? Doing things the way they have always been done gets you the same results. Many traditions give us those results we desire. Many do not. It’s those we must release to be true to ourselves. To do this is to live by your inner wisdom ~ to live soul wise.
So tell me what tradition are you going to keep this year and what tradition might you want to release?