Getting Into The Holiday Spirit

Getting Into The Holiday Spirit



What comes to​ mind when you think about the holidays?

Do you groan, feeling burdened by all you have to​ do? Do you dread going shopping for gifts or​ cleaning up after a​ Christmas or​ Chanukah celebration?

Or, do you feel a​ sense of​ fun, of​ delight, of​ joy in​ the celebrating, giving and receiving?

Which part of​ you is​ in​ charge of​ the holidays – your judgmental self or​ your loving self?

Think for a​ moment about the little child in​ you – the child that loved the holidays. What delighted you about Christmas or​ Chanukah? Most kids are really excited about receiving gifts, but many children also feel equally excited about giving gifts. Did you enjoy decorating your house?

Or, were the holidays a​ sad time, a​ time of​ heartbreak due to​ not having enough money? or​ a​ time of​ loneliness due to​ the loss of​ a​ loved one? Were they a​ time of​ stress in​ your family? Was there abuse around the holiday time?

Whatever the situation of​ the past, you have an​ opportunity now, as​ an​ adult, to​ give your own inner child the Christmas or​ Chanukah he or​ she wants and deserves. You have an​ opportunity to​ move into gratitude for what you have rather than anxiety for all you have to​ do. Instead of​ choosing to​ dread or​ resist the holiday spirit, why not open to​ it, embrace it, feel the grace of​ it?

Let the child in​ you do the shopping for gifts. Let the child in​ you receive the delight of​ picking out just the right gift for a​ friend or​ loved one. or​ let the child in​ you find some way to​ give, some way to​ share your love. Even if​ you are alone or​ poor, instead of​ feeling sorry for yourself, find a​ way to​ give your caring to​ someone who has less than you.

The holiday spirit is​ about gratitude and giving. Take the opportunity to​ notice how fulfilling it​ is​ to​ joyously give rather than to​ resist or​ be angry about the work involved.
Take this opportunity to​ discover how full your heart feels when you choose to​ feel grateful rather than grumpy.

Feelings come from thoughts. if​ you choose to​ think, “Oh no, the holidays are here already. There is​ just too much work to​ do,” you may feel anxious and overwhelmed. if​ you choose to​ think, “What a​ drag to​ have to​ go out and buy presents,” you may feel resentful. if​ you choose to​ think, “Another holiday season and I am still alone,” you may feel depressed. if​ you choose to​ think, “This is​ just a​ commercial holiday so business can make money,” you may feel angry.

However, if​ you choose to​ think, “How can I make this fun?” you may feel excited. if​ you choose to​ think, “How can I give to​ others this holiday?” you may feel open hearted. if​ you choose to​ think, “I get to​ buy things for the people I love,” you may feel grateful.

So who do you want to​ be this holiday season? You can choose to​ be a​ Grinch, close-hearted and angry about Christmas. You can choose to​ be tense, anxious, judgmental, depressed, fearful, withdrawn, or​ resistant.

Or you can choose to​ be happy, peaceful, excited, grateful, loving, open hearted, and joyous. it​ is​ all up to​ you. How you feel is​ the result of​ how you choose to​ think about the holidays.

Why not try an​ experiment this holiday?” Refuse to​ allow negative thoughts. Instead, make a​ list of​ positive thoughts and as​ soon as​ a​ negative thought comes up, imagine changing channels on a​ TV, switching to​ the positive channel. Then notice how you feel!




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