We are deep in the holiday season as I write this – Chanukah, Winter Solstice, Kwanza, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve and Day.
This year I am taking the time to slow down and be with my 93-year-old mom for the holidays. She is in a period of her life where she desires simple, quiet joy and pleasures over big gatherings, lots of toys and noise and all the ways we have celebrated in the past.
I chose to be here with her – savoring our deep meditation time together over the Solstice, taking simple walks together in the sunshine, and cooking what we love and simply going with the flow of our days.
I am taking nothing for granted. Being here with her in this present moment is all there is right now. As the days pass, I am doing my best to drink it all in. Many of you know that I am an extrovert, so this kind of a holiday is new for me. The unknown of this experience has been a bit of a learning curve, and I am flowing with it.
One morning I was up early turning on the twinkling Christmas lights before dawn, when I badly injured my big toe on the end of a rolled-up carpet stored behind something I could not see in the dark. So another unknown was introduced – I LOVE to walk when I am out here and it is not unusual for me to spend hours outside walking – and now I have a badly bruised and swollen toe and foot to care for – one that does not fit into the only pair of walking shoes I brought!
I reached out immediately and have received lots of good care, (let’s hear it for Distance Healing!) as well as using my cold laser non-stop and elevating it. It is healing rapidly but it will be a while before I can return to my usual practice of walking and breathing deeply in the crisp, clear air. I am taking nothing for granted. The stillness my healing process now requires has brought me to an even deeper level of inner quiet.
I am preparing for the New Year as I rest back, drop in and listen for my soul’s optimal direction as we round the bend into 2023.
So, an opportunity has arisen that I was not expecting. And my quiet contemplations have been rich and especially deep in preparation for teaching Release and Renewal which is coming up January 6-8, 2023. You can attend in your PJs or join with friends or colleagues in person – or simply hop online and meet with others in far flung places as our community once again supports us in setting a powerful intention for the coming year and offering you the tools and skills to step into those intentions!
Two take aways this season for me:
Be deeply grateful for each moment with your families, friends, or by yourself if that is your choice.
Make no assumptions about the future – it could change in any instant as you are reaching for something.
I hope these are helpful for you and may this holiday season hold everything your heart desires and more. May you drink in every moment and have gratitude for it all!
Suzanne Scurlock, author of books Reclaiming Your Body and Full Body Presence and creator of the Healing From the Core® curriculum, specializes in conscious awareness and its relationship to the healing process. She’s written hundreds of articles, including numerous columns and features for Massage Magazine and Massage Today.
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