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November 2017 Newsletter

Making the Holiday Season Yours, Too

I love the holiday season. Whatever traditions you follow, this precious time of year is full of celebration and memory-making moments.

Yet at the same time, it’s also when who we are at a soul level can easily get set aside, forgotten, or even suppressed in the name of the almighty holiday “shoulds.”

Especially when we’re inundated by the media about all the ways we’re supposed to act if we want to be accepted by our families, our friends, and the culture as a whole.

That’s why the most important task for me is to keep the soul quality of who I am at the top of my holiday checklist.

This isn’t selfish or self-centered.

Instead, it gives me more energy for those in my life who truly matter. And for all those activities that bring me joy and connection.

Then in the deep of winter, right after the New Year, I find some warm sunshine.

And I take time to slow down and listen more deeply – priming the deep well of my heart so I have what I need for the coming year.

So, how do you allow the deeper parts of who you are lead you during this poignant time period?

Hear me out. I’m not holiday bashing.

By all means, dive into your traditions. But my preference would be that you’d make sure to include your own soul-feeding quality of choice.

Perhaps start each day by asking yourself:

  • “Who is choosing to engage right now?”
  • “Do these activities feed my soul? Or do they simply fill a void or please someone else?”
  • “When I listen to that still, quiet voice inside, what is it asking for?”

Take a few minutes right now to reflect on what is most important to you over the next six weeks.

What structures and support system do you have in place to help you relax and let your life flow?

Make a list of what’s most nourishing to you. Then commit to it.

Let this be the holiday season you become more of who you truly are.

And, Enjoy!

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