This is such a special time of year for me. As a Christian, the season of Christmas starts on Christmas Day and extends through January 5th, and then we move into the season of Epiphany. This time of year, for me, is one of the major times of the year when I am off the computer, I spend more time thinking and dreaming and planning. I spend time connecting with what vision I want to create for the coming year, and spend lots of time with family and friends and being outside in nature. It is lovely.
In the past, I have chosen a focus of inner work personal to me, much like what Lynn Jericho does, to work really work off an inspiration for these twelve holy days. In the past I have worked with being easy with myself, one year I worked with “letting go”, one year I worked with love, one year I worked with “no comment”. This year, I have been feeling especially inspired by this passage from Brother Victor-Antoine D’avila-LaTourrette in the book, “A Monastery Journey to Christmas”, which runs through Candlemas on February 2nd: “We can only find peace and calmness within the confines of our own selves. Inner peace is a gift from the Lord. Let us beseech him day and night for his gift. And let us help him by cultivating actively all those things that lead to inner peace. Like the angels on that first Christmas night, let us pray and work for peace on earth.” How can I be a part of peace this year – peace in my heart, peace in my home, peace in my community, peace in the world?
There are some resources out there to help you celebrate the Holy Nights. One of them, if you are not aware of it, is Lynn Jericho’s Inner Christmas. Here is the link: http://imagineself.com/inner-christmas/ You can sign up to get one inner Christmas message in your inbox every day. This is a spiritual resource, not a religious resource.
I have a number of back posts regarding the Holy Nights. Here is one: http://theparentingpassageway.com/2009/12/26/inner-work-for-the-holy-nights/ and here: http://theparentingpassageway.com/2009/12/22/the-twelve-days-of-christmas/ and a longer post here: http://theparentingpassageway.com/2008/12/24/the-holy-nights/
The church has traditional ways of celebrating the Twelve Nights. Look for that post tomorrow.
Many blessings and much love to my readers,