Though we may be long past the age of believing in Santa Claus, it seems evident, during the holiday season, that we’ve been hooked by other myths. For example, just look at the media’s glossy portrait of the perfect Christmas. This image most often includes being surrounded by adoring family and friends, drinking and eating, shopping, party-hopping, entertaining, more shopping, and giving and receiving presents. All the while meeting the everyday demands of parenting, work, school and other responsibilities, feeling absolutely festive, and looking supermodel gorgeous! Whew! It’s exhausting just to think about living up to that impossible image, isn’t it? Yet, if we believe this fantasy, or any part of it, is what we need to be happy, or that this is how the holiday “should be,” then our beliefs give rise to unrealistic expectations; expectations that set us up for disappointment, stress, sadness and depression.
There are countless such mind-traps in the material world. Yogis speak of this as “maya,” the illusion of the outer world that consciousness gets wrapped up in.
“Not creating illusions is enlightenment.” (Bodhidarma)
Remember that we need nothing from outside of the Self to make us whole (or holy). When we go within, transcend the small mind of the ego’s separate self, and rest in the One from which all good comes, we become radiant with the Light energies of Peace, Love and Joy that are our true nature. Come home for Christmas. Embody the Light. Bring Heaven to Earth. Nothing is better than this!
“Christmas. . .is not an external event at all, but a piece of one’s home, that one carries in one’s heart.” (Freya Stark)
May the Light shine brightly in you this Christmas and throughout the coming year. Wishing you Peace, Love, and Joy!