Like many of us, I have a love/hate relationship with the holidays.
I digitized all of my photos last year, so every morning as I sit in my meditation chair, I see the memories of my life fade in and fade out of my new computer photo frame. The bittersweet memories often cause me to be introspective. Every person that I see in these photos had (or has) their own challenges and tribulations.
They persevered…some more gracefully than others.
Life, much like the holiday season, has beautiful magical moments, woven throughout despair, loss and challenges. Many of these magical moments are caught in photos; I am grateful for that because it reminds me that there is hope for the future. Yes, hard times will come, but so will joyous and loving times filled with laughter.
I see this with my clients too and their stories fill me with awe, inspiration and respect. This thing called life is far from easy. Loved ones die, people lose jobs, marriages end, children get sick, and catastrophes occur. Yet, time and again, I see the tenacity of the human spirit. For even when we feel beaten and bruised, we grow from the mud, much like the lotus flower.
If you find yourself feeling sad during this holiday season, I remind you to see the beauty, rather than the pain. Embrace those small, seemingly inconsequential, moments in time. Whether we are with our loved ones enjoying a lovingly prepared meal, or smiling at a stranger in line while getting coffee, every day has periods throughout it that can cause us to be grateful and find joy.
I sincerely wish every single one of you much love, light and peace.
Thank you for being my teachers!
Happy Holidays and Namaste!