December 25, 2015
The sun spills in, covering me with warm light. The dog, exhausted and unconscious after devouring his holiday present, a smoked Texas wild boar bone, snores at my feet. The morning is quiet and sweet, emptied of drama and filled with ease. There really is nothing to do; there really is nowhere to go.
When I consider the immense emptiness I have felt in my life, the imagined uniqueness that separated me from everybody and from everything, I feel a catch in my heart. So much grace! So much healing. Sitting in church last night, joining my candle with all of the other candles, my light with all of the light, I realize—much of the time, I am able to relax into the people and the places around me. Much of the time I know I am not separate; that I am not alone, and that I am not different.
My point on this soft Christmas morning? Transformation is possible in every moment, in every day. All of it, all the moments, all of the days, offer us doorway after doorway of practice. Relaxing into what is, softening around our preferences, breathing ourselves forward, outliving the feelings—there really isn’t much to do, but to practice being right here, right now.
Dear Friends, on this auspicious day, from my home to yours, from my heart to yours, may you be filled with ease and love and laughter. May this holiday season envelope you with light.
Wishing a happy and joyous holiday season to you and yours—