At this time of year, as we reach the day when we can finally take a break from the holiday bustle, the first thing that comes to mind is family and friends. Whether they are with us, across a continent, or in another realm, their presence in our life has enriched us in some way. Just as each creature on earth contributes to the symbiotic flow of nature, each person we engage also adds to the being that we are.
As we celebrate this holiday, we may reflect on events of 2016. There’s no doubt, it’s been a tumultuous year, both at home and across the globe. We can recount the horrendous assaults on humans and the environment, and we can bemoan the coming year with anger, hatred and fear.
Instead, let us focus on what we have learned from these hard times; accept the world as it is right now; let go of judgement; forgive the hurts and assaults by releasing the emotion from our body. Let us then step into our own power, bringing forth strength, compassion, and love to all.
Now more than ever, the world needs each of us to connect with the greater cosmos and tap into our inner wisdom. In doing so, may we have the courage to stand up and make our voices one when we see wrongs. May we speak our personal truth – to others and to ourselves. May we unite as one with the greatest of human of capacity for love and compassion.
And for this holiday season, I would like to share with you one of my favorite tunes, a hauntingly beautiful rendition by Richard Stoltzman and Judy Collins of a traditional Gaelic blessing. Just click on the link below. Sit back in a comfortable position, feel the body sink into the chair. Close the eyes, relax the muscles around the eyes and face, and allow the strains of this melody to flow over you like soft waves.
May all on earth be healed, may all on earth be loved, may all on earth be peaceful.
p.s. Thank you to my friend Phil Green for use of his sunrise photo