Here are three inexpensive but truly rich gifts just for you:
1) Get in sync with the flow of this time of year, rather than going against nature and the season’s true offerings. All the hoopla and mayhem that “we have created” is actually counter to the rhythm of winter. The migraine-stimulating, dizzying, and often gut-wrenching hustle and bustle from the mall to the neighbours to the mall to the concert to the bank to the mall to the party to the mall to the friends to the bank to the mall to the fundraiser to the mall to the bank to the mall to the airport to the mall to the family to, finally, the near-emergency life-resuscitating scraps of REST AND RELAXATION, is not necessarily “in the flow.” Much of this rushed, expensive, stressful, exhausting nonsense is unnecessary, unhealthy, not mandatory, not the law, not written in stone, and more often than not, less-than meaningful.
The shorter days and darkness we experience now are gigantic opportunities to take time for nurturance, self-knowledge and guidance: slow down, go within, ask why, and get answers.
I learned that the sparkly lights at this time of year, specifically at Winter Solstice (December 22), date back to Pagan times when candles and bonfires were lit, to ensure the return of sun and warmer weather. In addition, others have written that during the solstice, the shortest day of the year, everyone would go inside their homes (it was cold and dark, what choice did they have?) to quietly reflect, meditate, and pray. On Christmas day they were “reborn” so to speak, and you would see homes lit up with candles aglow, as all the members of the community signalled that they had received their inner gift—clarity and vision regarding their calling and direction for the coming year had come to them. This was cause for dazzling wonder and awe and heartfelt celebration— which we have now attributed to comparatively empty distractions like electronic devices and fashion accessories! Yikes.
Go for the big gift that keeps on giving, infinitely, no batteries required, with many happy and unexpected returns. Doesn’t get any better than that, does it?
2) Do yourself a huge favour and order a copy of the film, Foodmatters. Whether you are already well on your way to understanding self-care and “food as thy medicine” or have no clue what’s going on when it comes to that basic life-giving thing called “food,” this film will inspire, motivate, and comfort you. It backs up all of the ideas expressed on my journey to health thus far, and strengthens my own conviction. I think I actually cheered out loud a couple of times when I watched this. I just felt such relief knowing that others are “onto the situation” and making the obvious truth heard so clearly. There are a few folks who have stated they sensed an agenda behind this, like some sort of propaganda campaign. Well, all I can say is if someone out there is propagating the ludicrous idea that we are all capable of getting back to health and vitality then “Amen and power to ya!” The strange thing is that a movie like this even needs to be made. You’ll know what I mean when you see this—what the heck have we created here? And why on earth have we moved so far away from all that nurtures and sustains life?
Watch this and be comforted knowing that the paradigm is shifting, one enlightened human being at a time. Such an enormous gift for you to consider this holiday season, and one you can enjoy passing on to others you care about.
3) Here’s a really fun and creative gift you can give yourself. Go to Cafepress, and in the “design your own” section, choose a mug, frame, journal, or some other item available, and add a photo or quote or affirmation that resonates with you right now, something from this past year that you are grateful for, or words that are guiding you, or an image from an especially significant event, and have it delivered to you!
|A BOX OF SPARKLE|
I love this company. From my experience, they are very prompt and the products are of a very good quality. How nice to be able to remind yourself every morning, when you drink that mug of coffee (oops! I mean green superfoods smoothie), that “Imagination is more important than genius,” or “The only failure is the failure to try,” or one of your own deep, spiritual, fun, or absolutely ridiculous sayings!
"Create" a meaningful keepsake that will inspire you all year long. For everyone, but most especially for those dealing with chronic health issues, sometimes a few powerful words, some blazing humor, a special image that reminds you of the possibilites, goes a long way! Be forewarned: you might realize that you are so inspiring to yourself, you'll need to order a few more and share your huge vision with others!
Happy non-hustle and non-bustle sparkly season!
Next up: A summary of this year’s postings. Jeepers, did we learn anything at all? Are we moving in the right direction? Is it all mumbo jumbo or could there be some merit to these musings? I think you'll be surprised at where we have been and how far we have traveled over the last year. I’ll wrap it all up for you next time.