Love and Joy, Come to You
Nov 25, 2013 03:35AM
As we roll from our November holidays into the hustle and bustle of December, it is good to take stock. In our family and in many others (yours included, perhaps), December is the moment in our year where we make time to be with one another and to revel in the opportunity to be a family. I am blessed with a large and extended family that truly enjoys being together–sharing a holiday meal, purchasing the perfect gift and sitting around the table to play board games.
It is also our time to take part in the family rituals that have been nurtured throughout the years. As the family has changed, with marriages, births and moves away, it is good to hold on to a few simple activities that we use to identify the holidays. It wouldn’t be Christmas for us if we didn’t set aside the weekend prior to the holiday to bake cookies and other sweet treats. Our kitchen is transformed into a glorious mess, with about six different family favorites in some stage of preparation or completion at any given moment. Children under foot. Vince Gauraldi’s Charlie Brown Christmas on the DVD player. For us, that is the holiday. I am truly blessed and I rely, in part, on these rituals to keep me grounded and, at the same time, awakened.
Our theme for December is Awakening Humanity. Just as my family grounds me in the here and now, I understand that the universe in which I dwell is but a glimpse of a greater reality of which I am a part. In a past letter, I have written about my fascination with the new body of research surrounding near death experiences and in that those who have had a foretaste of existence, if one could call it that, beyond the grave. This month’s feature, “Proof of Life After Death”, shares the experiences of the wildly popular books by Anita Moorjani and Dr. Eban Alexander. To me, the message of hope that these authors provide is a gift to all of humanity, because in the end, the force which moves each of us throughout this vast world is love.
My copy of Alexander’s Proof of Heaven bears the marks of my neon highlighter, with its central lesson. Alexander writes, “[i]If I had to boil the whole message down to just one word, it would be Love—the incomprehensibly glorious truth of truths that lives and breathes at the core of everything that exists or will ever exist. No remotely accurate understanding of who we are and what we are can be achieved by anyone who does not know it and embodies it in all their actions.”
This December, as I am surrounded by those who love me and those whom I love, I will remember these lessons. I hope that you will do the same.
Good tidings, dear friends,