‘It’s Christmas time, there’s no need to be afraid. At Christmas time, we let in light and we banish shade…’
What does Christmas mean to you? I feel very fortunate that for me it’s always been a happy, magical, joyful time, a time for family, celebrations, peace and love, but I appreciate that it’s not that way for everyone. For some people the very word Christmas triggers feelings of stress, anxiety, frustration, sadness, or anger.
Past childhood, and adult, memories of Christmas can stay with us and affect the way we feel for the rest of our lives, but if those memories are negative ones, we don’t have to carry them with us. We have a choice, we can choose to let go of the past, change the thoughts in our heads and make this Christmas a happy one.
If there are still negative people in your life who have spoiled your experience of Christmas in the past – perhaps unavoidable family members – decide this Christmas to spend as little time as possible with them, and refuse to let their negativity affect you.
In the Western world, most of us are fortunate to live in ‘a world of plenty’ and we need to remember to be thankful that we have a roof over our heads and food on our tables. If you are feeling stressed about the additional expense of Christmas, remember that having a happy Christmas does not require expensive gifts, and an excess of food and alcohol. A truly happy Christmas is about peace and love, and those feelings don’t cost a penny, they are readily available inside of us, and can be accessed just by changing the way that we think.
So this Christmas, choose to relax and let go of stress, take one moment at a time, and allow those wonderful feelings to flow from within. By doing so you will be sending out positive vibrations to those around you, and by changing the way you feel, you will be spreading peace, love and joy, and encouraging others to do the same…