Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Stillness of the Season

Well, here we are. Two days before Christmas. If you are anything like me, you are spinning around like a whirling dervish trying to finish shopping, wrapping presents, baking all those yummy things that you only make this time of year, and stuffing all of your crap in various closets or even appliances so that your visiting friends and family will not think you a total failure when it comes to housework. (You can hide a lot of crap in the washing machine.) It is the most wonderful time of the year.

When I read the Wishcasting question today, I was once again amazed at Wish Mistress Jamie Ridler's ability to ask just the right question at just the right time. Always deceptively simple, her questions always seem to get to the heart of the matter. Today she asks, "What do you wish for this holiday season?"

Stillness. I wish for stillness. I wish to stop rushing about trying to meet deadlines, clean the house, do the shopping and the cooking, trying to make those happy holiday memories come hell or high water - rush, rush, rush! Don't burn the cookies, don't forget the whipping cream, don't forget to pick something up for your great aunt Sarah who is making a surprise appearance this year, don't forget to finish that project so you can get paid so you can pay the mortgage next month, don't forget to take the time to look at Christmas lights with your kids . . . Enough already!

I wish to be still inside and out - to quiet my body and my fears and anxiety. I wish to be still and know, to be still and create space for the Divine, to be still and feel the energy of millions of souls celebrating all that is love and holiness. I wish to be still so that I can feel the magic of a child who believes in miracles. Be still.

Wishing you all a few moments of stillness during the craziness of the holidays.

Peace and love!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Free Spirit

We hear a lot about spirit this time of the year - the spirit of Christmas, the spirit of giving and such. Yet, how many of us take the time to think about our own spirit? Today, Wish-mistress Jamie Ridler asks us to reflect on our spirit by asking, "What is your spirit wishing for?"

Hmm. I have been mulling over this for a few hours, which tells me that I am woefully out of touch with my spirit. Finally, I just asked her, "What do you want?"

Here is her response:

I want to be set free.
I am tired of being kept like a prized possession
locked away in a box and taken out only on special occasions
when you reflect on who you used to be.

I wish to be released from the prison you've created for me.
I am tired of hiding so that you can pretend
that you are satisfied with what we used to have.
Don't you wonder what we could once again be?

I want you to open my cage and liberate me.
I want to howl at the moon and dance naked around a fire.
I want to be the fire and the music and the wind in the trees.
I wish for you to give me the freedom to let me be me.

Wow. What might happen if you let your spirit free? What does your spirit wish today?

Peace and goodness to you.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Wishing for a Winter Wonderland

It's the most wonderful time of the year, or at least we hope it will be. Somehow we seem to find ourselves overwhelmed with the busyness of the season. We rush around trying to get all the shopping and baking done, trying to make sure we fit in time for all of the in-laws and out-laws in the family, making the rounds to all of the holiday parties, sending Christmas cards to people we haven't seen in ten years and will probably never see again, and don't forget all the Christmas pageants and Christmas concerts. All too often we find ourselves relating a little too much to Ellen Griswold in Christmas Vacation when she states, "It's Christmas, Audrey. We're all in misery."

Today, Wishmistress Jamie Ridler asks us to make a winter wish.

My wish is rather simple. I wish to slow the hell down this winter. I wish to take the time to revel in every moment of this season with my Angelgirl. I wish to spend time honoring the traditions in my family that are important to me, and I wish to create new traditions with my daughter that have nothing to do with the over-commercialization and over-complication of a very simple holiday. I wish to remember and honor a "hooker hugging hippie" who valued love and compassion above all else and to teach my daughter to do the same. I wish to strip away all that holds no importance to me so that I can focus on all that does. I wish to rest in the silence of winter and prepare for rebirth in spring. I wish to avoid the chaos and craziness and revel in the peace of the season. I wish for a winter wonderland filled with the wonder of love and laughter.

How about you? What do you wish for this winter?