For most of us, it is not easy to keep from internalizing some of the external chaos that happens around holiday time. We are bombarded with an overwhelm of stimuli–flashing lights, ramped-up commercials, canned elevator music, shopping, baking, parties…it is easy to lose sight of what is right and true and authentic. Our thoughts are focused outward , preparing us to respond at a moments notice, as if our very survival depended on perpetual quick action.
The truth is, however, our emotional and physical survival is really more likely to depend on maintaining a soulful serenity that emanates from within and spreads calm to the people and events happening around us. It should NOT be the other way around.
But HOW TO GET THERE?
There is a passage in one of my favorite books by Susanna Tamaro (Va Dove Ti Porta il Cuore), and it goes like this:
“E quando poi davanti a te si apriranno tante strade e non saprai quale prendere….Respira con profondita’…senza farti distrarre da nulla, aspetta e aspetta ancora. Stai ferma, in silenzio, e ascolta il tuo cuore. Quando poi ti parla, alzati e va’ dove lui ti porta.”
“And when so many roads appear before you and you don’t know which to take…breathe deeply..not letting yourself be distracted by anything, wait and wait some more. Just be still in the silence, and listen to your heart. When finally it speaks to you, ARISE and go where it brings you.”
If we let our hearts be the compass that guides us through each day, we will stay connected to the solid foundation we all have deep inside of us. Instead of jumping out of bed in the morning and throwing ourselves into the hubbub, take a few minutes and wait, and then wait some more. In that stillness, ask your heart what it needs today. Then, when it answers you, you can arise, and go then, where it takes you.
May all of my readers and fans have a peaceful, joyous, and extraordinary holiday season.
God Bless you and Buone feste!
Con tanto affetto,