May this be a magical month! What a lovely month to experience the warmth of Spirit, the joy of connections, the fragrance of home-cooked food, the peace of the season, the beauty of the landscape surrounding us, the celebration of each day:)
As I write that heartfelt wish, I wonder how many of you can read my words and absorb the feeling of them. For surely, magic surrounds us each and every day; there is so much to be grateful for when we allow our self the time to sit for a moment, to see all that is around us and to be aware of the abundance of the moment.
For many people, December is a blur of commitments and obligation and a feeling of “not enough’: time, money, resources. Instead of sitting in gratitude, mainstream typically is in “gathering mode”: presents, decadent food, material things that in many other months are not necessarily our focus. It is my pleasure to remind you that your values, the practices that bring you fulfillment and joy, the peace that you cultivate and share are all as easily accessible in this month of December as each and every month.
Affirmation: I am the creator of this moment. I choose to release external (mainstream focus) as I honor the wisdom of my inner core. I invest my energy into all that is life enriching and spirit enlivening. I give myself permission to say no to anything that is not in alignment with my core. Because I choose to share from a place of comfort and peace I experience great joy and fulfillment through my connections and activities.
When we look at life, we choose the lens that we wish to use. May I reflect to you the possibility of December through the lens of each of the six building blocks of the “Facets of Joy” .
Gratitude Let us focus our attention on all that we do have, allowing this focused attention to magnify the abundance of the moment. When we wake, may we feel appreciative of the sleep we just had, the person next to us, the possibility of the entire day. And then, if we must, we may allow our to-do lists and commitments to surface, feeling thankful for the activities that we choose to participate in and the people that we connect with.
I often practice: when Universe hands me a gift, receive it graciously and say thank you, then fully enjoy the gift. During this time of giving, perhaps we may open our hearts to receiving transparently and authentically..meaning that we will simply accept the gift as it is given. As we do so, perhaps we may recognize that this gift is perfectly placed and allow our beliefs and core values to magnify the intent of the gift. Let us not feel obligated to share in return, or to deflect the gift, but to accept this gift because we are open to flow.
Likewise, when I choose to share a gift (time, energy, resources) I do so by tapping fully into flow and giving generously from the abundance in my life. Giving in such a manner means I am not giving more than I have, and I am thankful for the ability to share, accepting that my gift is from my heart, given without strings or attachment. Giving becomes a pleasure rather than a burden or obligation.
Love When we choose to open our hearts to the moment as it is; we are choosing to be love. When we create from this foundation of love, we are creating from a secure place; able to be as transparent as we wish, in a manner that is energy driven so is effortless and meaningful. Because we feel secure as we practice transparency, vulnerability is not present and we are able to connect easily far beyond surface. Investing in such a way allows our connections and creations to be genuine and fulfilling rather than draining and exhausting.
Peace When we create from our core values, we are honoring alignment; when we are in alignment we are in a state of peace. Creating from this state of peace allows us to be peace filled, and to remain peace filled, regardless of external circumstances. We choose how to invest our energy; when we choose to invest in peace, we exude peace, and we draw to us more peace.
Simplicity The moment is as full as we allow it to be; a connection is as layered as we allow it to be; a practice is as complex as we allow it to be. When we experience the moment for what it is–a molecule of air to breathe in and breathe out..the simplicity of the experience stands out. We often add layers and complexity to that which is magnificent on its own. Some of the richest connections are just that..standing together in the same space, breathing in and out, ‘be’-ing together. Full presence in the moment is priceless because it is often so rare in mainstream. This season, may we consider investing in presence, rather than presents.
Clarity Your Truth yearns to be expressed fully; yet, sometimes when relating with others, we stifle our truth. As we look through the lens of clarity, may we allow our truth to surface and color all that we invest in. We may be confident as we share our truth; our willingness to be clear and transparent might inspire those around us to be the same. May we consider that when we are surrounded by those whom we respect and trust, it is easy and fun to express our truth, we feel safe as we connect and create, and we expand our perspective when we allow exploration from within our truth.
Trust You are the navigator of this being we call ‘self’. Your self trusts you to surround it with positive, vibrant, nurturing, honest energy; to keep your self ‘safe’ as you experience World. When you honor personal integrity, you grow trust and you gain the freedom to open your heart fully, adventure boldly, connect genuinely, share freely, receive graciously. When you trust your self, you are able to experiment freely within a range and depth that may be gently challenging, engaging the entirety of you as you create.
Often, we become so comfortable viewing life through one lens, we forget that others are available. It has been a joy to share this array of lenses with you..may you use them freely as you experience December:)
What lens are you most familiar with? And what lens might you consider experimenting with?
Much peace and abundant love,
Reminder: Experiment. Explore. Experience.