Monday, December 17, 2012

Finding Spiritual Balance Within Holiday Traditions

Well, it is time for me to slow down and take a break.  Part of being more spiritually aligned this time of year is honoring your Self, listening to your body and respecting your limits. So, this post is going to be short and sweet.  Short, sweet and, hopefully, a little uplifting and funny as well.  

Here's the thing.  I know I said I've done everything I can think of to put this time of year in perspective.  It has been a very long process, assisted by the fact that I do not have children in my home, so I could conduct all sorts of little experiments to disengage myself from the conditioning of the commercialism most all of us have been raised with.  I had a year when I wasn't working and I was amazed at all of the stuff that still came into my home, even though I wasn't buying or even receiving a bunch of presents.  This is the year a whole new way of looking at things came into view.

It's quite simple once you put it all into perspective.  This the time of year to get ready for the short days and long nights ahead.  It's time to take stock of the harvest, fill the pantry and honker down for the winter.  It's time to visit with family and friends, because soon the weather will make it more difficult.  It is also the time of year when we all celebrate some sort of religious tradition, even the Pagans ;~D
Who could forget a "Festivus for the rest of us"?
Many of these traditions have become commercialized because they involve acquiring presents and decorations to mark the occasion.  It's time to turn the marketing that inundates our lives this time of year on its ear. I mean really see it for what it really is; little messages psychologically designed to tune into your need to please others, or put on airs.

 When I was finally able to walk away from consumerism, I was able to connect with the abundance of the Season and carry it with me year round.  This is why I do not buy gifts, except for my nieces.  I make gifts for those I will be exchanging with and on Ken's side of the family we don't even exchange gifts anymore.  We simply get together for a wonderful meal.

Here are a couple of great sites I found with some awesome ideas for breaking your family away from the traditional consumerism of the Holiday Season.  From buying a live tree to replant after Christmas, to ditching the "Xmas Wish List", you will find these sites are filled to the brim with ways to elevate the spirituality of the Season.

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