The Gift of Presence
It has already begun. The official start of the holiday season is upon us. This cup is about the wondrous gift this time of year brings to each of us.
Family gatherings. The speaking of those very words can cause significant ripples in the pond of most people’s emotional body. Few of us have healed our relationships with family, and these unhealed energies often color our relationships with others.
This season, give yourself the gift of Presence. Be present within yourself while with your family. Observe your reactions to people and situations. This will show you where you still have work to do. It doesn’t have to be a bed of roses, smelling sweet, but long-standing feuds don’t need to rule your world any more, either. Remember, you cannot change the other person, you can only change your response to them. Sometimes, by changing our response, the dynamic will shift because, as the saying goes, it takes two to tango and if you’re not dancing to the same music, well then no more tango.
It takes a lot of courage to step back into our past and often we find ourselves being who we were then, as well. Resist the automatic response. Stay centered, breathe, and connect to your heart. Realize these people each have their Soul-path to travel, and their lessons to learn. Look for the gifts they have brought you, and be grateful to them for that.
Do not be hard on yourself if you find yourself repeating old patterns. Be patient. Acknowledge that there is still work to be done, and promise yourself you will do it. Each gathering is an opportunity for you to measure your progress on your spiritual path. Be in joy as you bring Light to the people who gather with you this season.
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