Home feels good. Home, family, food, music, togetherness . . . it all feels like Christmas - these are feelings that make me feel alive and energized, just like a kid again!
But how can we feel good or feel at "Home" during the holidays when we must travel far away or if we are without loved ones?
The holidays can be quite lonely for many of us.
Loneliness is a pervasive sentiment affecting millions of people daily but feelings of loneliness and sadness are especially heightened around the holidays. Unsurprisingly, isolation can have a serious detrimental effect on one's mental and physical health.
How can we shake this feeling? How can we accept the fact that life is lonely -- no matter how surrounded we may be with friends and family?
Let's take a minute to try to understand this feeling of loneliness.
As you sit reading this, take a deep breath. Now, take a moment to focus on your breathing. Just sit in stillness and breathe. Now, call upon the angels and ask them to enter in on your breath. Ask them for whatever you need, -- ask them to do away with any feelings of loneliness.
Loneliness is a mindset, a nagging empty feeling, a feeling that makes you believe that you are unfulfilled, unloved, and unaccepted.
Can you think back to when you were a little kid? Little children are pure, clean, without judgement. Can you remember when you were having fun --- just playing?
Angels are just like children. If you can recall the purity of your childhood, then you can get a sense of the angels, you can feel them. Angels vibrate at the same level as children as they are untainted by the world.
The world layers us up with 'stuff.” Layer upon layer we take on negative thoughts, biases, judgments worries, fears, longings for worldly possessions, longings for fame and recognition from outside of ourselves.
Our ego or mind operates to protect us from being hurt, embarassed, humiliated, and abandoned. It creates beliefs that keep us addicted and "functioning" for the world, but these mistaken beliefs keep us disconnected from the truth of who we really are.
We develop mistaken beliefs about ourselves and others as we attempt to navigate our course through life. We quickly blame others for our pain and suffering. We feel jealous when others are getting ahead of us. We feel insecure, separated, isolated, and alone when we accept our mistaken beliefs by convincing ourselves that we are less than or not enough.
Life takes us on a journey, searching to identify those disconnected parts of ourselves, the parts we've mistakenly asigned to others. Our challenge is to re-establish relationship with ourself in re-discovery, by re-awakening and re-integrating those seemingless lost "parts." The key, however, is being willing to take the path less travelled.
Every person, each experience, offers opportunities for recognizing the truth of who we really are. But somehow we have lost our way, we've drifted far from "Home" and are in need of remembering the Truth. The missing pieces we are so desperately seeking have always been here -- at "Home" -- all along.
Each of us is already full, richly abundant, perfectly whole. Remembering who we are can help us do away with feelings of loneliness altogether.
Children live fully in the world of make-believe. It's normal for children to have "make-believe" friends. Children are curious, imaginative, and faithful.
Reverting to childlike ways can help bring us back into alignment with our true nature and unlock the joy within our hearts. Unlocking the heart allows us to revisit the purity we once had.
True joy lives abundantly inside each of us -- no matter how far we roam or whatever the circumstances.
Wherever life brings you, you are already Home.
Remember happiness, joy, and love must be cultivated. With an attitude of gratitude, you can decorate your space with sprinkles of peace, joy, and love,
So this season let's create a Home atmosphere with an emphasis on self love, forgiveness, and non-judgement. Be like children and reignite FAITH and BELIEF in the true Spirit of Christmas.
Let's find ways to feel at Home wherever we are.
So this Christmas, gift yourself by being "present." Gift yourself space. Decide to stop searching without and to begin seeking within for appreciating all the gifts you already possess. Pause a moment for a little stillness. Focus upon your breathing. Relax. Be unafraid. Trust and ask for what you need.
This season gift yourself space; free yourself up for really listening for the Spirit of Christmas.
Listening with your heart invites gratitude for shifting from what you think you need to realizing how full you already are.
You already possess everything you need.
You are already Home.
-- Your Jewels are right within your heart --