Have you ever noticed how much judgment there is around the holidays? Yes, judgment occurs all the time, but it seems to escalate at Christmas. ‘Did I buy the right presents? Did I spend enough? Did I spend too much? I’ve probably gained 5 pounds with how much I’ve been eating. I drank way too much at the staff Christmas party. My sister bought better presents than me.’ The litany of judgments can be endless.
What if you could make this season the season you stop judging and being hard on you? What if, rather than choosing judgment, comparison and financial stress, you chose to celebrate what you have created? Even better, celebrate with the people you are grateful for!
Gratitude is the anecdote for judgment. The two cannot exist at the same time. If you would like to have a joyful holiday season, one full of playfulness and celebration, start by choosing gratitude.
Gratitude for YOU
Have you said, “Thank you” to you lately? Have you acknowledged the gift you are in the world?
My friend and the founder of Access Consciousness, Gary Douglas, asks these questions:
What if you were willing to nurture and care for you?
What if you would open the doors to being everything you have decided it is not possible to be?
What would it take for you to realize how crucial you are to the possibilities of the world?
Celebrating the holidays, celebrating life, celebrating you, starts with acknowledging the gift of you.
Gratitude for What You Have Created
During the holiday season, people often get stressed about their finances. More money can be spent at this time of year than at any other time, and rather than having the joy of gifting, the joy of generosity of spirit, there can be a lot of angst. In the midst of anxiety and upset over money, we start to focus on what we don’t have.
There is another choice available. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have or what you can’t buy, start to look at everything that you have created. YOU are the source for the creation of your life. What magical and miraculous things have come to BE through YOU?
Gratitude for the People in Your Life
Who are you grateful for? What gift and contribution are the people in your life? How about making time to celebrate the holidays with THOSE people?
When you surround yourself with people who contribute to you, people that you have huge gratitude for, your joy increases. Their joy increases. Gratitude exponentialises. Joy exponentialises.
In that space of gratitude and joy, judgment dissolves. It no longer matters who bought the best gift. It no longer matters how you look in that dress. All that remains is the child-like wonder of “What else is possible?”
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