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Here we are again, back in the depths of the winter holidays. What this means for a lot of people is extra stress, extra obligations, and less time to themselves. For the last several years, part of my own personal evolution has included really tuning into what my body is trying to tell me. And for the last several years during this season of extended darkness what my body has been telling me is it needs and craves extra sleep, it needs time away from the increasing busy-ness that crops up in my part of the world during this time. With the winter solstice just around the corner, this year has been no different. I’ll be honest, I do still have some trouble fully letting go of the guilt I sometimes feel about taking this time for myself, but I also know that if I don’t listen to what my body needs, it’s a pretty sure thing that I’ll end up sick and having to be in bed for 10-12 hours a day (or more) anyway. What I’ve come to understand is that this is part of my own yearly self care cycle, and I’m doing myself (and thus my family, friends and clients) a disservice if I ignore it. If you’ve flown on an airplane, you’re probably sure to have heard the safety announcement that should the oxygen masks drop, you need to put on your own mask first before assisting others. Why is that? Because if you can’t … Continue reading
The following article is written by guest blogger Melody LeBaron. Known as the House Whisperer, Melody is a Space Clearing Practitioner, a Holistic Professional Organizer, Feng Shui consultant and Success Coach who helps clients accelerate their momentum to create the success they prefer! Learn more at http://transformingspace.com/ The word “holidays” comes from the Old English haligdæg or “Holy Days.” In olden times, this dark time of year was the time to gather around the hearth, to find light and love within our hearts and homes. Now, our commercialized holiday season is over-stuffed with consumption and stress. Let’s take the holidays back, you and I. Let’s be deliberate about our choices. Let’s honor the holidays as our own Holy Days this year. And let’s start by creating sanctuary in our homes, so that each time we return home, we’ll feel the power and resonance of what we hold sacred. Creating Sanctuary Connects our Everyday World with the Divine In any temple or cathedral that earns the title of “sanctuary,” we experience being deeply connected to—and nourished by—both the immanent physical world of nature and by the transcendent expansiveness of the divine. Inside a sanctuary, we are both grounded in physical reality while, at the same time, encouraged to lift our attention into the realm of sublime possibility, of new paradigms, ideas and beliefs. Start by Emptying the Space We can’t create sanctuary in a busy, cluttered space. So, I always start my holiday decorating by removing most of the decorative items from each … Continue reading