Lighting Up Your Holidays
As we move into the end of the year, it is important to get your expectations and intentions set for the holiday season. Everyone’s expectations will be different for various reasons, but it is important as the holidays approach to be mindful of your energy and how to shine your light during the next two months.
There are several metaphors for light during the holiday season. These various interpretations can conjure up a variety of emotions. Some may feel delighted about the twinkle of the lights and elaborate displays. Some may feel hope and excitement about being with family and friends and finding the perfect gift for a loved one. There are traditions that can be honored with family recipes during Thanksgiving or great-grandma’s Christmas cookie recipe. The excitement of setting up the tree and reminiscing about each ornament connects the past and present. Holiday favorites, and even planning new traditions as your family grows, can all be wonderful events to look forward to.
There is another side to this frivolity as well that is just as imperative to be aware of. This year could be the first year after a divorce, or the loss of a family member. I remember when I was in college, I couldn’t afford to go home, and I didn’t have more than three days so I spent my first Thanksgiving without seeing my family. It was emotionally draining and upsetting because I wasn’t able to maintain my energy. Having strategies to empower you if you feel overwhelmed or sad this year can help you transition through changes without losing too much of your own light.
Tips for keeping your light burning through the holidays and re-enchanting your experience in a new way:
- If getting together is possible, embrace the joy and let it fill you up. Laugh over old memories and enjoy the new ones you are creating by welcoming in new family members or starting new traditions.
- If getting together on Thanksgiving or Christmas will not be possible, detach from the actual day and be flexible; have a holiday celebration earlier or later in the month to take the stress off of you. Sometimes letting go of the actual day can give you some freedom from disappointment of not being together at all.
- Release unfulfilled expectations from others on your holiday list. Be mindful who you allow to suck your energy. We all have those relatives and friends that seem to make us feel a little worse after we leave them. Do your best to set up boundaries that protect your energy.
- Self-care is imperative. Honor your body! Meditate for clarity. Get outside and enjoy the fresh air and beautiful changing tree colors. Go for a walk or bike ride to get your energy moving. Do your best to get plenty of sleep and take a refreshing salt bath or two to release any extra yuck from your aura.
- Write out an honor your intentions for the season. You can pull an oracle card to get a message to inspire you!
WOMEN’s heART INTENTION PLAYSHOPS with LISA ELENI
In November 2021, I will be hosting a Women’s heart intention playshop for $30 on November 4th at 6:30pm at Discover your Spiritual Gifts. This event is for all people over 18 yrs old. We will do a light meditation, self-reflection, and journal strategies for intentional living. We will decorate votive candles with intention holders to light up your décor and remind you how to live an intentional life!
Written by Lisa Eleni
Lisa Eleni is an intuitive artist and healer. Her passion is gathering adults who desire a more joy-filled life, and who want to see themselves in a new light and support new friends as well. She engages in a combination of reflection and art activities and is excited to create space for like-minded people to come together.