It is a very busy time of year with the upcoming holiday season. Everyone is trying to not only meet our normal daily obligations but in addition finish our shopping and preparations for the holiday season. The holiday season is supposed to be a time of love, reflection, and happiness but every holiday season I notice the same thing...most people are cranky, impatient, and just generally in a foul mood (I myself am guilty of this from time to time).
But why at one of the happiest times of year are we in our worst moods? I believe the cause comes from us becoming so busy we often forget one of our most important tasks; taking care of our soul. I have spoken about this quite often in the past when discussing the importance of our personal sanctuaries and was reminded about it while working through my book last night. I thought today I would share a passage from a past post as a friendly reminder.
Personal sanctuaries are an essential part of maintaining our well being. Unfortunately there is no magic formula for finding out where your sanctuary might be. Since we are all different and unique, our place that heals our soul will also be different and unique. In addition, what actually heals our soul will be different for many of us too.
Toni Morrison spoke about how to find your own personal sanctuary or getaway. "A getaway is a vision of a place you've had in your mind. And, when you find yourself there, you recognize it." This definition may be a little vague, but she's saying you already know what your personal sanctuary should be. You just neet to reflect on what will do the best job of healing your soul.
Sunrises aren't the only renewing source of energy for me. Simply laying quietly and listening to music has the same renewing powers. In fact this was one of the main techniques I used to get through some of the worst experiences of my life (the heavy chemotherapy treatments).
I think the negative attitudes or feelings during the busy periods such as the holiday season is just our soul's yelling out to us asking to be taken care of as well. During these times we often get so busy that taking care of ourselves is often the first thing to go which is a mistake. So this holiday season remember to take a few moments each day to renew your soul.
If you are interested here is a little flavour of the music I am listening to right now when I recharging session. Click the link and you will taken to one of my playlists at youtube
Have a great day!