Affirming Your Life
“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”
— Hamilton Wright Mabie
Affirmation: Today during my meditation, I will focus with gratitude on the special people, both family, and friends, with whom I share spiritual fellowship during the holiday season.
Spiritual Fellowship During the Holidays
They’re the people who raised you, or you raised them. They’re the friends you first met decades ago, and now you can’t imagine your life without them. They’re the relatives who might only come together for holidays or family milestones, but they’re always in your heart. Together, they create a spiritual fellowship that transcends space and time. Your connection is so much richer and more profound than just being in the same place, at the same time. It’s actually at the core of being able to experience true joy and positive purpose.
That’s why the holidays are such an important touchstone for families and friends. It’s a time designated to come together in beloved community, and make new memories you’ll reminisce about during holidays to come.
In the relatively new science of Positive Psychology, one of the three necessities for being happy in your life is having a “community” – a close knit group of one or many family members and/or friends who know you, and have your back. Your spiritual community represents your safe space to retreat to after a disappointment, or to celebrate a victory.
There’s a particular richness to this community during the holidays, and you can make this the year you add even more to the connections. Here are some ideas for reinforcing the unity, caring and love for each other.
- First, release all expectations. There is no such thing as the “perfect” holiday. But choosing to focus on the things that are positive, fun and interesting will keep you, and everyone around you, in the jolliest of moods.
- Start a new tradition of going around the table and sharing your happiest holiday memory. Chances are, the memory will include at least one or two others gathered there, reinforcing the “spiritual community” theme.
- If someone introduces a topic that could erupt in an unpleasant exchange, gently – or not so gently – steer the conversation in another direction. You can even make a joke of it – “How about those Mets?”
- Bring music to the mix. John Denver once said, ““Music does bring people together. It allows us to experience the same emotions. People everywhere are the same in heart and spirit. No matter what language we speak, what color we are, the form of our politics or the expression of our love and our faith, music proves: We are the same.” A sing-along or informal concert, or even a holiday music mix on an iPod, can draw everyone into the fun.
- Feel gratitude for coming together again in the circle of your family and friends. Even if old tensions start to run high, you can be authentically grateful that you now have the opportunity to create happier new memories.
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