“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” Maya Angelou, American poet and civil rights activist

Have you noticed the bright full moon this week? This is the last full moon of 2022 and is known as the Cold Moon. What does it symbolically represent spiritually? Many believe it represents a time to slow down, reflect, rest, and acknowledge the many blessings in your life. It’s an opportunity to explore your inner world especially during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. This presents a challenge at times doesn’t it? While our focus is on giving, sharing, and receiving during this time we often overlook giving to ourselves the beautiful gift of resting and being gentle and reflective with ourselves.

Many of you may see suffering in greater numbers in your family, friends, relationships, or even with people you don’t know. Your compassionate heart wants to relieve their suffering. Remember, there is nothing for you ‘to fix’. For those of you who are empathic please be aware and don’t take on the pain of those who are suffering. Rather, take some centering breaths and reflect on any action you might take to ease their suffering. Perhaps it’s a smile, exchanging your place while standing in line for groceries, or listening. Being present! Everyone’s journey is unique and different. HRH the Dalai Lama has said, “People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.”

Although your compassionate heart wants to help others please focus it on you as well! Consider this time as an invitation to explore your innermost self; to identify your fears, grief, uncertainties, or feelings of unworthiness. Once identified you have an opportunity to shine your inner light of love on them, acknowledge them, and let them go! Taking time for you doesn’t diminish your desire to help others. Balance is key right now! Make room for celebrations, helping others and restoring yourself! Author and founder of Hay House, Louise Hay, has said, “Your soul needs time for solitude and self-reflection. In order to love, lead, heal, and create, you must nourish yourself first.”

What’s important during this Holiday Season is how people will remember how you made them feel! Keeping yourself healthy and nourished is essential. If your well is empty, so to speak, then giving to others fully isn’t possible. So, consider listening to your body and rest when needed. Re-discover and reflect on what is ready to release then let go! Acknowledge the many blessings in your life and feel how grateful you are. Focus on balance! Ask for help when you need it! Embrace your compassionate heart and allow it to help you!

I’m sending each one of you lots of love. I’m so grateful for you!

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