The holiday season is upon us, which can be a very happy time for many, but also a very stressful or sad time for others. I do look forward to the holidays, but it does stir up sad emotions. I do not get to see my parents all the time, and I am reminded of their age and how very faraway they are from me. My heart aches for those who don’t have family around and feel alone. I am also very sensitive to those have lost loved ones and have to be in this season without them. My awareness of this reality is big this year and I am committed to leading with my heart vs. succumbing to the frenzy and indulgence of the season.
I have decided that this holiday season that I am going to be even more aware of those in need. That does not mean that they are having financial difficulty, though that is a big stress for many, but I want to sink into the awareness of people’s emotional needs. Just because someone is smiling does not mean they are okay. There are many who can put on a good front and then behind closed doors cry. The more I practice mindfulness, the greater my intuitiveness is, and in that space I can feel when someone is in need in any kind of way. We all have this skill, it just takes presence to feel it. The smallest gesture of tenderness or graciousness is the essence of the holiday season. It’s easy to indulge in the frenzy of buying and parties and extravagance, and forget those that will never have such good fortune. There are also those that had it, but now that very experience hurts deep down because they have lost their beloved.
While I count my blessings and revel in the joy that the holiday season brings, I will slow down to be aware of those that may be in struggle and offer a smile and well wishes. It takes no time at all and can heal so much, even my own heart.
I hope you will all join me in this effort. The smallest act of kindness reaps the biggest benefits.