Meditation – will your Christmas be a time of reflection and relaxation?
Are you looking forward to Christmas – or dreading it?
Whatever our circumstances, we can all enjoy the holly and mistletoe, the tinsel and sparkling lights, the Christmas trees glittering in front windows, holly wreaths, carols, and Christmas songs.
But underlying all the glamour and glitter there can be sadness – for people who are missing, loved ones that have gone forever, that leave a gap at the table on Christmas day.
And Christmas is so busy – and can be so expensive – that it puts extra pressure on relationships that might already be a bit shaky. This year, particularly, with the extra cost of food and increasing energy prices – many people will be wondering what they can afford to eat on Christmas day – and how to keep warm.
So, it’s even more important to make time to relax, to take a break from the hustle and bustle of Christmas, listen to music that sooths us, meditate and focus on the fun and festive things we can all enjoy over the Christmas season.
And remember too, that not everyone follows a religion that celebrates Christmas – but we can all still get pleasure from other people’s happiness – light candles and sing songs and share the joys of the winter season.
“For though my faith is not yours and your faith is not mine, if we are each free to light our own flame, together we can banish some of the darkness of the world.” Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks