2007-11-02 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

Commentary by Marilyn Gelfand

As holidays will soon be upon us, it is good to think of how we would like our holidays to be. Remember to keep everything in perspective, to make the holiday what you would like it to be, and overall, to fill yourself with love and appreciation that we have the health and freedom to do what we want. If we are limited in what we can do, then ask for help from another or change all the ground rules to make it good for you.

In this time of experts and advisors, once in a while, it is good to take stock of what we really want in the big and small events and how our relationships will be impacted by holidays in our lives. Holidays are good times of awareness to ask if we are really spiritually involved in what we are doing in the present moment, or are we just performing in a robotic manner to get things done because it is expected that a holiday be a certain way.

Let your own spirit lead you into making each moment in life what you would hope for. Our hopes are our preferences for what we would like and how we would like things to go, and we must accept that reality often brings other surprises or things happen that we couldn't predict.

We must remember to not create our own suffering because things didn't go as we thought they would.

With our hopes and our ability to accept reality as it unfolds, humor can help us through the unexpected, and love is always there to help us arrive at the next moment. In this way, we can live grounded in reality, trying to create what we believe will give us happiness and then have the ability to enjoy life through the ups and downs.

So, if company is coming to you for your holiday, bring a beautiful energy into your home, imagine all your guests arriving bathed in a beautiful light of peace, and then let go and enjoy.

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