Do you hear what I hear? Coming soon to a town near you, the holidays
Any moment now, holiday music will play on the radio and blast on overhead speakers at retail stores. Choirs begin to rehearse special songs, chatty children sit on Santa’s lap to discuss their behavior over the past year. Do you get the picture? It’s loud and clear.
In the next 60 days, here is what I expect to hear.
Aside from the noise of local merchants and music stations, there is family noise about plans, presents and the past. Discussions become complicated, twisted and dysfunctional. Holidays can be a time of unearthing unpleasant flashbacks.
At work, you learn about the holiday stories of your colleagues. Strange, they sound so familiar to you too! Again, you spend time trying to navigate parties, personalities and more presents. Holidays tend to unveil so many mixed messages and confusing interpersonal exchanges at the workplace. Ugh!
How do you step out of the noise and step into the silence?
Carving out a noise-free moment is truly a sacred act during the season of sounds. For me, meditation and guided visualization is the answer to reviving with my inner ears. As I draw inward, I listen to my voice for spirit-enriching messages of love, gratitude and openness.
For sure, these peaceful and relaxing exercises help me face the buzzing world with quiet acceptance. As I extend myself outward, I manage my energy, my relationships and my time from a better place.
When the noise shows up out there (and it will), my inner bell rings and reminds me to be still and to breathe.
This is the place I choose to go to not only for myself but also for the world.