Here’s a guided meditation by Paramahansa Yogananda. Perhaps, if you are celebrating Christmas this year in a non-traditional way, you will find this inspiring.

Meditation for Christmas Eve

Lift your eyes and concentrate within. Behold the astral star of divine wisdom and let the wise thought in you follow that telescopic star to behold the Christ everywhere.

In that land of everlasting Christmas, of festive, omnipresent Christ Consciousness, you will find Jesus, Krishna, the saints of all religions, the great guru-preceptors waiting to give you a divine floral reception and everlasting happiness.

Prepare for the coming of baby Christ by decorating an inner Christmas Tree. Around that sacred tree lay gifts of calmness, forgiveness, nobility, service, kindness, spiritual understanding, and devotion, each one wrapped in a golden covering of goodwill and bound with a silver cord of your pure sincerity.

May the Lord, on the Christmas morn of your spiritual awakening, unwrap the gorgeous presents of your heart offerings sealed with tears of your joy and bound with cords of your eternal fidelity to Him.

He accepts only the gifts of sacred sound qualities. His acceptance will be His greatest gifts to you; for it means that, in return, the gift He will bestow on you shall be nothing less than Himself. In giving Himself, He shall make your heart big enough to hold Him. Your heart shall throb with Christ in everything.

Enjoy this festivity, the birth of Christ, in your mind and soul and in every living atom. By daily meditation you will prepare the cradle of your consciousness to hold the infinite baby Christ. Every day will become a true Christmas of divine communion.

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