We live in the information age.
This can be a blessing and a curse all at the same time.
While we have access to humankind’s cumulative knowledge at our fingertips, it’s easy to get lost in the sea of data that constantly streams across our computer screens, televisions, radios and smart phones.
We inherit the information of a billion souls, yet lose touch with the connection to our own.
Too often we are overstimulated by the nonstop cacophony of information that our miraculous technology delivers.
Eons of generations before us naturally had access to extended periods of silence. Especially as night fell and there was no electricity to power the devices that not only inform us, but distract us from the wellspring of guidance and wisdom that dwells within.
More than any previous generation, we have lost touch with silence.
It becomes more difficult to hear that still, small voice that guides, informs and inspires.
All the more reason to consciously, regularly choose to allow silence in our lives.
Go off grid.
Rediscover the silence and the darkness.
There are life changing secrets being whispered to you.
“And so this is Christmas, and what have you done? Another year over, and a new one just begun.” – John Lennon
Christmas is wondrous – for those filled with joy.
Christmas is delightful – for those living in the moment.
Christmas is inconvenient – for those feeling overwhelmed.
Christmas is sad – for those missing loved ones.
Christmas is depressing – for those feeling hopeless.
Christmas is so many things to so many people.
The celebration of holy birth of the Savior
The opportunity to gather with family and friends
The exchange of gifts
Christmas egg nog
Christmas tamales (hey, I live in San Antonio)
But shouldn’t Christmas be more personal?
What if Christmas had an even deeper personal meaning in your life, your story, your journey?
Since the late-Eighties, I have studied the works of the late mythologist Joseph Campbell, who spent his life studying the world’s religions and folklore.
One of his key teachings was that during a holiday such as Christmas, we should internalize the story into our own lives.
Not just celebrate the holiday.
But live it.
Thus, since the Christmas miracle involves the birth of the divine into the flesh and the physical world, why not allow the birth of the divine into our bodies, our hearts, our souls?
On this Christmas
and every day…
May you feel, allow and increase the holiness that already exists inside of you and all around you.
And may you know
That every day
Is a miracle.