I also know that as we move closer to Christmas, stress and other emotions tend to run high for me. While the seasonal darkness plays a role it is also the expectations that I set for myself that often cause the most strife. It is something I try to be conscious of and one guide that aids my awareness is my emotions.
I tend to be a pretty emotional and expressive person anyway. The holidays can bring great joy and excitement. But there is a balance and sometimes that pendulum swings the other way.
Emotions have often been compared to waters; running still or turbulent, even clouded or clear. So as I prepare to explore my own a bit deeper that usual I cannot help but think of my dog when she was young. One of the games we enjoyed together was a simple baby pool of water and a rock.
I would toss the rock in and she would "snorkel" for it. It was more challenging by the painted designs on the bottom of the pool that helped camouflage when the rock rested. Once my dog found the rock she would bring it to me and then turn back to the pool, expectantly, to watch where it would enter again. It was a great game.
Anyone who knows me personally knows I am a big fan of play and games. So as I prepare to search into some of the underlying emotions and unnecessary expectations of this season it seems only fitting to male it a game of sorts. Which aspects are the rock, causing ripples and easily removed? Which aspects are painted to the core of my beliefs around this holiday? And of those, which are really serving and which need to be scrubbed away?
I'm grateful to have a fun and funny visual as I begin my exploration within. I'm grateful to use my emotions as my guide to remind me when I am out of balance. I'm grateful for holiday seasons and celebrations. I'm grateful to know I have the choice to embrace the holidays with joy. And I'm grateful to know I have the opportunity to explore the root, and release beliefs that cause stress this time of year. I'm grateful to know I am, at my core, a loving and giving person and that can be shown in many different ways. I'm grateful for an amazing family and wonderful friends. I'm grateful to explore and release the beliefs that do not serve me this season so that I can pass on healthy, happy habits to my daughter.
How do you balance during the holiday season? What do your emotions communicate to you this time of year? What are the rocks and what are the painted beliefs in your pool?
May today be the start of a new tradition. May our explorations leave us encouraged and our hearts lightened. May we release anything holding us back and embrace the beauty of the holidays. Have a beautiful day!