My blogging has lagged over the Holiday season. Instead my time went to cleaning house, preparing menus and meals, and making or buying gift items for my loved ones. I would venture a guess that you, too, reader, have been doing much the same sorts of activities. These December rituals have come to define what we love, and sometimes dread about the season. Yes, it is distracting, and often exhausting, but there is a purpose to these predictable disruptions at the end of each year. They shape our lives with time to pause and express our appreciation of otherwise routine activities, and offer a reminder to reach out to others in our appreciation of them.
Ritual is a way to make the everyday sacred. In the hectic day-to-day of life, it becomes essential to slow things down and engage with our environment. Taking time to note beauty in surprising places creates opportunity to ground oneself, not only in the external factors but in the felt relationship with those surroundings.
By engaging "ordinary miracles" within each day, we attain connection to the energetic qualities available in that moment. Remember to note opportunities in your day for such potential connection: the sound of a warming teakettle; the crunch of frosted earth underfoot as you walk through the world with a loved one; watching children at play; each in its own way a sacred event. When the positive energies in such moments are embodied, they result in calm, healing moments in our lives. Indeed, such times are likely to attract further positives to their practice and presence providing us with further opportunity to engage the world as a pathway to a life of Healing FLOW.
Now that the decorations have been boxed up for next year, and the leftovers have been consumed, make a choice to celebrate each new day with the enthusiasm and appreciation of our annual efforts. An attitude of curiosity and positive expectations can open up avenues to fulfillment. So Happy New Day, everyone!