“Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life!“
— Albert Einstein
Good morning! I hope you enjoyed a wonderful weekend!! As we enter this week of Thanksgiving, I thought I’d share this wonderful article by long-time SoulfulLiving.com columnist, Laurie Sue Brockway, about spreading light and positivity to our families during the holiday season.
Wishing you a very blessed week!
“Bring Light and Healing to Your Family for the Holidays”
By Laurie Sue Brockway
Graceful may not be the first word that comes to mind when you think of your family holiday gatherings.
Perhaps you love your family, but you realize they need a little … work. No family is perfect and not every family is as conscious as you’d like them to be, but there is hope. You can be the bringer of light in your house and with your relatives … the one who lovingly tries to bring healing and joy to the tribe.
A Family-Friendly Ritual
In my book, A Goddess Is A Girl’s Best Friend, the Roman Goddess Lucina (know in modern times as St. Lucy) is portrayed as the bringer of light. She has the ability to see with spiritual eyes, and she teaches us to do the same. This gives us greater compassion and allows us to see things as they are … and, also, as they can be.
Call upon her energy to help you in your role as light bringer to your family during this holiday season.
Mini Rituals of Thanks and Love
There are many ways to evoke a sense of closeness and evoke that warm and toasty family feeling. In fact, you can turn the meal into a sacred event that everyone can easily participate in – without them even knowing! This will turn a ho-hum gathering into “a moment” that can uplift all. (By the way, you can adapt this to a gathering of friends, too!)
1. Hug a loved one: During the schmoozing part of the family gathering, before the food is served, forget about meaningless chit-chat. Instead, hug the people you love and tell each them something you love and/or appreciate about them. This can be a complement about someone’s hair, outfit or cooking, to an acknowledgment of someone’s sweet nature, kindness, generosity, brilliance, et al. Hugging, along with offering a few kind words, is a warm expression that can do wonders. It will automatically raise the energy of the gathering.
2. Play a piece of music. Music opens the heart and uplifts the spirit. Make sure you bring some terrific, inspiring CDs to the family gathering and or select family favorites that everyone can relate to and maybe even sing along to. Any music and song that warms the heart will get people in a good mood and settle their energy.
3. Say Grace. Even if your family has never said a dinner prayer in their lives, suggest one this year; or add this prayer to the customary grace that is said at dinner. Adapt the following prayer to your families’ religious and spiritual beliefs…
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Wishing you a joyous and blessed week!!