Following up from last months' Life is Beautiful, Life is Hard post....
So many friends have been expressing the struggle and sadness they feel at this time of year. Memories of Christmases past can remind us of our losses - people, places, traditions, togetherness. At the same time, we are being prodded to be "merry and bright." It's hard.
But we also know that life is still beautiful. We all have something for which to be grateful - people to love, ways to make a difference in the world, sunlight on water, the full moon rising over snow, food and shelter, the grace we are shown daily.
Can we find a way to cherish and honor our losses, while also appreciating what is good in our lives now? Can we accept that every life holds both deep suffering and great joy? If we truly embraced that understanding, would we treat ourselves - and each other - with more kindness?
I created this short meditation practice video to help us find our way. Sit comfortably, breath naturally, and listen. I hope you may find it helpful.
Wishing a peaceful Christmas and holiday season to all, and may the new year bring you many blessings.