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Posted by Ellen Gregory LMFT in Resilience, Stress 20 Dec 2009

Ahhh…..the wonderful holiday season is upon us. Stress thrives at this time of year, and without awareness, it can overwhelm us.

We can jump in and allow ourselves to ride the wave (tidal wave for some). The tide will overwhelm us if we aren’t looking. It may be strong enough to erode the ground we stand on. We can’t control what happens out there. We can allow it to devastate us, but where will we be then? – and who wants that?

We can be resilient. We can come out of the storm stronger, with more awareness of how we want to be. We simply must let go, and breathe, and feel the rush of cool water startle us, as it splashes our body, knowing, that as fast as we had watched in come in, and felt it touch every part of our being, it will return to sea. We will stand there on the shore, content, with dry feet, looking toward the horizon, and feel the awe of life that is greater then us in this moment. That there is a cycle, and order to our lives, that will return.   

We can enjoy this season in a playful way, just as a child would, with no worry or concern, or burdens to carry. They will still be there regardless of how we feel. We can let the little girl or boy in us enjoy what is – the season of giving and receiving love, hope, joy, and connection, as sometimes we need to be reminded.

“We have been accustomed to thinking that we have to get something from outside of us in order to be happy, but in truth it works the other way: We must learn to contact our inner source of happiness and satisfaction and flow it outward to share with others—not because it is virtuous to do so, but because it feels really good!”

Shakti Gawain