I came up with this term earlier in the week.
I think we can use holidays as reminders of what’s really important in life, like family and counting our blessing. Not like the forced, obligatory type of…we should be grateful for_____. We are not always grateful during any given day and the holidays can be tough energy actually. It’s when we need to practice gratitude within and embody thanksBeing.
The holidays bring up money worries, family issues, unresolved feelings, a spotlight on your love life or lack thereof, and life review as the year comes to a close. Couple that with lots of food, sugar, and alcohol…it’s like carb-vaganza! We tend to overindulge as a way to manage the chaotic energy at parties as well. I’m feeling like doing a December challenge of gratitude to really anchor in the feelings we want to feel, like gratitude, peace, love, joy, prosperity, and all that good stuff.
It’s easy to plug into the collective consciousness and feel the buzz of it all. Or you can disconnect and plug within. Meditation is the perfect choice. Prayer, communion with nature, loving without attachment, and soul activities are what we stir that spiritual mojo to the max. Why not start out the new year by laying the ground work a month early? Divine December I could call it! Or Delicious December! To do something for Body-Mind-Spirit each day and write it down.
This doesn’t have to be boring or heavy, like a to-do-list, but more like a celebration of Self. God gave you this life to experience, not to endure. I was reading The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield which I highly recommend it to everyone. He spoke about the concept that people totally change their lives when they get cancer. Like they now have permission to have the life they actually want to live. It’s when they realize it’s not a dress rehearsal. I think of that when I look at my body. How a person would feel about the magic creations that their bodies actually are when their health is in question and their life looks super precious. They get an instant flash of living in Thanksbeing. We don’t need to get sick in order to feel that or to have the right to have things we want.
Combine that whole energy and being grateful, taking care of your being, living on purpose, and ask yourself if you are willing to receive as much good as possible. Are you open to receive? How much? Do you feel only worthy when you are giving? Do you always have to be the host? From compliments, money for your gifts, talents, and services, love, attention, and more? Can you receive easily? Does it feel weird? Does it bring up stuff for you? The holidays are a giving and receiving time. Sometimes we want to give more but we can’t and it feels bad. I get it. But look at it this way…time, energy, and love are free. You can give from your heart and not by dollar sign value. Write someone a poem. Write them a love letter. Give with the intention to make the other person feel good and that is the best gift ever. Ask for what you want. Be open to receive it with pure gratitude and no guilt…and you will get more. It’s not about stuff, it’s about the feelings behind it or what is created in receiving.
Sending you all blessings this holiday weekend here in the US. This empath can’t take the energy of Black Friday shopping, but hope you brave shoppers got some good stuff! Keep on Thankbeing not just until Monday, but forever. I need to make up Thanksbeing cards. I still love snail mail. Don’t you? I love receiving. It’s Thanksbeing every time I receive. It feels so good. We’re taught to give, but often stumble on asking for what we really want or actually being open to receive it. Keep asking yourself questions. How do presents feel to you? Do you feel comfortable accepting good things of do you instantly feel the need to give of equal value or more? Imagine opening your heart to receive a little more love… and then feelings of Thanksbeing are right there.
P.S. If you would like to send me a Christmas card, I am a good receiver. I do happy dances of gratitude and Thanksbeing.
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