“I need a silent night, a holy night
To hear an angel voice through the chaos and the noise
I need a midnight clear, a little peace right here
To end this crazy day with a silent night” – Amy Grant
It’s mid-December: The calendars are filled with activities, traditions, holiday “to do” lists (in addition to the regular to do lists). The hours speed by and the “want to” and “have to” activities linger in the back of our minds waiting for the time when they are checked off on the never ending “to do” list.
Oh yes, then there is the “wouldn’t it be nice” list: Relaxing, doing nothing but watching the lights on the tree, listening to holiday music, enjoying the decorations, the food, taking time to be with family, recognizing and savoring the love and joy that cleverly appear in our day. Have these too, become just another list of things that need to be fit into my already packed month?
How do I experience my Silent Night, my Holy Night? How do I hear the angel’s voice and experience the midnight clear?
The Silent Night, the Holy Night, the Well-Being that we seek has already been given and it is found within. Repeat: It has already been given and it is found within!
Ok, so how to begin (or continue) to unwrap and experience these gifts? It’s actually very simple: Allow yourself “Silent Night/Holy Night” time twice each day. Here’s how:
Today’s “leaping” exercise:
Begin your “Silent Night/Holy Night” time by slowly breathing at least 5-10 deep breaths before listening, reading or writing. (Note: This step is very important because it allows your mind, body and spirit to slowdown, regroup and refocus!)
Commit to spend a minimum of 15 minutes at the beginning and 15 minutes at the end of each day specifically focusing upon one thing that gives you peace and joy. Some ideas: Music***, inspirational readings, silence, journaling, etc. Only you know what gives you peace and joy so just choose one and stay with it during that time period. You may choose the same topic or choose a different one for the next 15 minute section. As time goes on, you will be inspired and will find additional readings, music or ideas for deepening your – let’s call it “Silent Night/Holy Night” time. The purpose of this time is to focus and receive peace and joy and experience the well-being that is You. That’s all – just to allow yourself the time to experience joy, peace and well-being! If you have time in the middle of the day to gift yourself with another “Silent Night/Holy Night” time, then do it! This small amount of time will reframe your outlook on those “to do” lists. You will be invigorated and now have the opportunity to approach those wanted (and unwanted) tasks with a new outlook and a new sense of purpose to the season. Sound simple? It is! Allow yourself the time to experience peace and joy – Experience a “Come to the Edge Today” Christmas!
Silence IS really Golden –Joan Kappes
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