Today I would like to give you a special holiday gift, the gift of a moment of peace, in the midst of your holiday preparations. I would wish for you, right now, that you stop and take a deep breath. Yes, a very deep breath. Feel the muscles in your shoulders relaxing. Feel the tension freeing around your forehead and in your jaw. Take another deep breath and another, and with each breath release the tension which is beginning to pile up, your worries over gift-giving, your worries over money you are spending, your worries over family gatherings which have been fraught with tension in the past.
Release all of this for a moment and right now, give yourself the gift of gratitude, gratitude for being just who you are right now, exactly as you are, blessed with this precious life, blessed with the blood that flows through your veins, blessed with this brief and precious time on the earth to be who you are, shining out, a great gift to all who are fortunate enough to be in your life.
And as you go through this holiday season remember to give this gift above all, the gift of yourself, the gift of your laughter, the gift of attention and listening, the gift of compassion and deep caring. And above all, the gift of love, to yourself and to those around you. Do not allow the tensions and pressures of the holiday season to make you forget to give these most precious gifts, even as you prepare for other celebrations.
Remember always that the greatest celebration is the celebration of life itself, through the deep recognition that you are love, all love and only love. And that anything you give, be it a feast or a rare gem, is nothing at all compared to the gift of your shine, glowing with the wonder and love and beauty that is you, golden and bright, your love and light, for all to see, your warmth for all to bask in on this wintry day.
Here is a little prayer for today
I am a great gift to the world. I feel it and know it and shine out with all I am, letting my laughter ring out and my love warm the hearts and hands of those around me.
I love myself deeply and share that love with others. I am the best possible expression of giving, just by allowing myself to be who I am.
I am love. I am light. I am a great gift to this world, just as I am. I am.