words of wisdom from one of my most influential teachers - Ram Dass -
"For a long time I thought truth had to mean only words, but it doesn't. There are truths that are only communicated in silence. And you have to figure out when to use words and when to use silence, because the absolute truth is silent. "
This is a powerful reminder and one of the greatest gifts I have received from my ritualized meditation practice. Meditation allows me to slow down my reactions so that I AM more reflective in my responses - I find I speak less and listen better - meditation helps me realize how powerful silence "truly is"....
The TRUE Spirit of this holiday season is one of love, joy, peace and happiness. Ultimately, how our holidays unfold depends so much on our attitudes.
Remember when we were kids and our childlike attitude was, “I can’t wait, I can’t wait, I can’t wait to see all the lights and the decorations in the stores and in our neighborhoods!” And now, a few short years later, we find ourselves lost in thought, rushing right by the lights and decorations, on autopilot missing precious, miraculous present moments of love, joy, peace and happiness.
How about we slow down a bit, introduce a pattern interrupt breath a few times today and remember as we breathe to witness the breath. This will slow the world coming at us AND slow down our responses. This “time in” will also connect us fully to the present moment and stop the hormonal and chemical surge.
The Spirit of this season rebirths our opportunity to connect more fully to love and peace and happiness once again – and to share thos...