“There is peace even in the storm.” Vincent Van Gogh, Dutch Post-impressionist painter

Peace? Really, in the midst of chaos? During the holidays a full range of emotions can be felt and expressed whether you celebrate them or not. Joy, love, happiness, comfort, belonging, sadness, depression, anxiety, and so many others can be felt. I’ve had anxious feelings this year while planning for a visit with our son and his family including a family gathering on Christmas day so that our granddaughter who is 18 months can be introduced to the family. I’ve had moments where I reminded myself to take deep breaths, focus on what’s important, and find peace within myself. I realize it’s been almost 3 years since we hosted a family gathering. When I find my inner calm, my anxiety lessens and goes away. I’m also aware that others may be struggling so I like to check in with my family and friends more frequently to see how they’re doing.

As we get closer to the New Year 2023 you might begin to feel compelled to seek peace more often. The universal energy of 2023, a 7 year in numerology, strongly supports reflection, research, spirituality, and personal growth. Religious teacher and founder of Buddhism, the Buddha, has said “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” Peace, inner peace, is always available to us when we take a few moments to reconnect with our spiritual nature. Deep breathing helps me. I also imagine moving into my heart space to feel the flame of love. I imagine seeing a candle flame representing hope burning bright. Searching for peace outside of ourselves is a distraction and unfulfilling!

As the Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas and other spiritual traditions are celebrated and completed many of you will begin to prepare, welcome, and celebrate the New Year. Consider including your intentions for 2023. Perhaps you might consider spending time seeking and feeling inner peace more often. Imagine more people being and feeling peaceful. Imagine how your friends and family will respond to you when you feel peaceful. Will it be different? Can you learn to feel peace as chaos swirls all around

you? Singer, songwriter, and peace activist, John Lennon, has said, “Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us and the world will be as one.” Imagine that you aren’t the only one feeling peaceful. Imagine the world unified and that we are one! Be the dreamer as you move through the holidays with ease and grace!

I’m holding space and sending you lots of love. I hope that your holidays and celebrations are peaceful and fun! I trust that you will listen to your body and rest when you need it as well!

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