SELF-CARE FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Even Santa Can't Give From An Empty Sack
So what does the Holiday Season mean to you? Our culture as a whole is divided on this aspect, polarized between the Spirit of Giving versus the commercialism of Getting. But what if there was something else that was being missed?
First of all let’s re-examine the act of giving. Generosity comes from a place of feeling full. The heart and spirit are so replete with abundance that they naturally spill over. Think about falling in love for the first time. It is that kind of expansive feeling that wants to reach out and make others just as happy.
When we are depleted and run down on the other hand, even simple acts of giving that would normally bring us joy can quickly devolve into feelings of being burdened, obligation, or just plain grumpiness. Such giving becomes reflexive but without spirit.
Stop and think for a moment. In my book, the real value of a gift is not in its monetary value, it is the feeling of love and the meaning behind it. If something is given from such a burdened place, is it really still a true gift or just an empty act of consumerism?
It really seems that the main thing that is missing from the Holiday Season is the simple act of receiving.
Think about it.
The days have gotten shorter, we've done all the work of Summer and reaped the harvest of Fall. Now it is time to rest, conserve our energy, and reflect on the experience of the previous seasons so we can germinate new ideas for the Spring. Bottom line: Our instincts want us to hibernate whereas the holidays almost demand a frenzy of activity. Is it any wonder that we feel out of sorts?
Fear Not the Inner Grinch
So if you are feeling run down and unenthusiastic about the holidays, fear not that the inner Grinch is getting the best of you. It just may be a sign that you haven’t taken enough time to slow down, align with, and the enjoy quiet moments of the season.
It really is okay to slow down. Everyone who cares about you is happy when you take the time to take care of yourself. After all, they get to bask in the afterglow!
Take a nap, go to one less party, get away for an hour for acupuncture or massage. The point is to come home to yourself, and conserve your energy for the things that feed you and bring the most meaning into your life – so you can share the best of you with others. Are you feeling the love yet? <grin>
Bonus: A Silly Song
In the meantime, enjoy this silly song created just for you. Although it is based on a common Christmas tune that I grew up with, I think most people from other traditions (or lack of a tradition) will immediately be able to identify with its underlying sentiment. Alas, lyrics only - I came across some technical issues with the video, but I hope you'll join me in the fun anyway.
Even Santa Can’t Give from An Empty Sack
Tabitha Marsh combines Massage & Acupuncture to provide natural pain relief and mental-emotional balance. She also teaches classes on Qigong & Cultivating Health & Wellbeing.