Christmas Affirmations

Thought for Today:

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.”
~Laura Ingalls Wilder

christmas-2971961_1280In the hustle and bustle that accompanies this time of the year, may you stop, breathe deeply, and ingest the spirit of the season. This is a season when light fills hearts and we recall that there is meaning and purpose in our lives. We experience the importance of the interior journey and how it connects us to and transforms the world around us.

We remember that giving, without expectation, is the doorway to receiving beyond expectation. Mostly, though, we remember that hope conquers every doubt, illuminates every shadow, and heals every wound, if you are willing to let it work through you.

Today a few affirmations to help you see the Christmas season with new eyes and new hearts.

  1. Today I spread the light of Christmas everywhere I go!
  2. I allow the joy of this season to fill my heart and propel me into a prosperous new year!
  3. Christmas is MY day! I plan to enjoy all it has to offer!
  4. I love peace on Earth and goodwill toward men and I practice it all year long!
  5. This year I’m focused on what Christmas means to me rather than what it means to the world.
  6. This year I refuse to allow guilt to ruin my Christmas experience!
  7. When I make Christmas about sharing rather than getting, I always feel better.
  8. Breathing in, I feel the love of Christmas. Breathing out, I embody the love of Christmas.
  9. This year I am absolutely committed to restoring the true meaning of Christmas in my life!
  10. The energy of Christmas is game-changing when I allow it to spread throughout my life.
  11. Today I feel the joy of the season. Today I feel the peace of the season. Today I feel the love of the season.
  12. Today I am breathing in the light and love of the season and sharing it with everyone I meet!
  13. I love the holiday season because the long lines teach me patience.
  14. Christmas is my chance to activate the power of giving in my life.
  15. My mind is filled with hope. My heart is filled with joy. It’s Christmastime and anything is possible!
  16. Christmas is a new beginning and I am making the most of it!
  17. Breathing in, I experience the power of Christmas. Breathing out, I share the power of Christmas.
  18. Today the sights and sounds and smells of the season fill me with joy!

Stay inspired! Great things are on the way to you right now!

Ray

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Merry Christmas Happy Holidays Debate – The Affirmation Spot for Thursday December 18, 2008

Today’s Affirmation:

“This year I am restoring the true meaning of Christmas to my life.”
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xmas_sceneIt’s that time of year again when the hearts of humanity warm in the chill of the northern hemisphere’s December air. Choirs can be heard singing, shoppers can be seen scrambling, and people stop for a moment – hopefully – to consider the interior meaning of their lives.

Why must we cloud the cheer and hijack the joy with an argument over words? I have to say I’ve grown very weary in recent years of this great debate between “Happy Holidays” and “Merry Christmas”.

It’s gotten to where I don’t know what well-wish I can offer without offending someone. I just want to offer others a well-wish, but I have to stop and edit myself and consider who I am talking to before I can formulate the proper verbiage. Sometimes I get it wrong.

On the one side, you have people who feel like their religious beliefs are being disrespected by the use of the “politically correct” Happy Holidays. On the other side, you have people who feel like wishing them Merry Christmas is some how pushing religion on them.

Have we become so thin-skinned and inflexible that we cannot accept a well-wish from another human being without feeling affront or turning it into a philosophical debate?

We live in a world where we offer each other far too few well-wishes throughout the year. I look forward to this time of year when people are giving them out as a matter of course.

I will readily accept and return a “Merry Christmas”, “Happy Holidays”, “Happy Hanukkah”, “Happy Kwanzaa”, or fill-in-the-blank. I’m confident enough in my own beliefs and respectful enough of theirs to see the good intention beyond the words.

There certainly are principles worth standing up for in this world. This debate, however, sows nothing but dissention in a time of the year when we should be coming together. Unfortunately, it has become an annual product of those who make a full-time job of creating cultural divides in our midst.

That other person is offering something intended to be kind. Let’s put down our battle armor and accept the kindness. Let’s grow up! Let’s experience the happiness and the wonder of this season. Let’s give up this silly, silly debate and move on to more important things.

It is, after all, the thought that counts.

Stay inspired!

Ray

Low-Stress Holiday Snack – The Affirmation Spot for Friday December 14, 2007

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Today’s affirmation:

“I am a culinary innovator. My dishes are creative.”

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rolling_pin.jpgOne key aspect of enjoying the holidays it to keep your stress as low as possible. During this time of year, we are involved in many parties. You have parties at work, you host parties, and attend friends’ and families’ parties. More often than not you are asked to bring something to eat.

Here is a  stress-free and always popular snack my wife makes during the holidays. She calls it Ambrosia. It is fast to prepare and sure to please.

The recipe

1) Combine the following in a large bowl:

1 cup Cheerios

1 cup Corn Chex

1 cup peanuts

1 cup pretzels

1 cup holiday m & m’s

2) Thoroughly mix the ingredients

3) Melt one package of Almond Bark in the microwave or on the stove top in a medium sauce pan.

4) Pour the melted Almond Bark over the dry ingredients.

5) Stir all the ingredients together until the dry ingredients are well-coated.

6) Spread the Ambrosia thinly on some wax paper.

7) Allow to cool.

8) When cool break into smaller pieces and serve or store in a sealable container.

Everyone loves this stuff and it will save you a lot of time and effort over making a complicated dessert or snack for your holiday parties this year.

 Be peaceful Be prosperous

Ray

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8 Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress – The Affirmation Spot for Friday December 7, 2007

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We normally think of red and green as the traditional colors of the Christmas season. In our modern world, we can often add the color blue. Blue as in stressed, depressed, down, or burnt out. Even if Hanukkah is your holiday, you can do without this kind of blue.

Despite its uplifting and inspiring aspects, the holiday season seems to have a way of exasperating  normal stress levels in our lives. The season pushes normally even-keeled people to the brink and chronic stress sufferers to the breaking point.  I could probably write a week’s worth of posts on the things that create that situation, but today’s post focuses on ways to reduce your stress this holiday season. 

 Here are a few ideas for making this holiday season less stressful and more meaningful for you. Believe me, I am working right along with all of you on many of these.

  1. Be aware of your schedule – one way to reduce stress during the holidays is simply to know your schedule. Most of the year events are few and far enough between that we can handle them without a calendar. During the holidays, things can sneak up on you. Last minute events can create stress because they often involve finding a gift, cooking a dish, or both. This is avoided by simply knowing when and where you commitments are and planning for them ahead of time.
  2. Stay within your budget – giving is integral to the meaning of the holiday season. With all the marketing and the genuine impulse to give, spending beyond our means to get that perfect gift or enough gifts for loved ones can seem virtuous. There is nothing virtuous about setting yourself up for the January credit card crunch or December blues knowing that January is coming. Stay within your means and be honest with yourself and others. If you can’t afford to buy things, don’t. Consider giving your time to someone else to help them with a project or using your creative talents to make a gift. Most of your family and friends are not really desperate for more things anyway.
  3. Remember the real meaning of the season – I’m not here to tell you what that meaning ought to be for you. However, most of us agree that this time of the year has a significance that transcends the commercialism that permeates it. Get back in touch with what that meaning is for you and stay focused on it during the holidays. That concept is sure to be more peaceful and less stressful than the go, go, go…shop, shop, shop mentality.
  4. Prioritize your activities – you may not be able to fit every party or every activity into your holiday schedule. Rather than stressing out by trying to make room for every single event, prioritize and select.  Learn to graciously say, “thank you, but no thank you.” You’ll have more time for the most important people and activities.
  5. Focus on people not things – the holidays are a time to spend with people – family, friends, colleagues. The spiritual teacher Ram Dass used to say, “Be here now.” Work on being fully present with the people and enjoying that experience. When you are spending time with others forget about the “to do” list and all the other commitments. Just enjoy being here now.
  6. Be with other people – the holidays are particularly hard when you are down on your luck. Nothing is more stressful than being alone for the holidays. If you are in that position, make an extra effort to find ways to be around people and share the season.  You may not “feel like it” and may not believe you have anything to offer anyone else. If you can push past these two thoughts, you will experience more holiday happiness than you expect.
  7. Make time for you – this one is particularly for those of you always place the needs of others ahead of your own, but it applies to everyone. Make time for yourself during the holidays. Take a day and go shopping by yourself or for yourself. Make sure to schedule some time to read, write, scrapbook, work on the car, or whatever gives you personal joy. The feeling that you haven’t had any time to “just be” can be very strong during the holidays. The effect of that is often stress. Remember to be good to others by being good to yourself.   
  8. Stay on track – use affirmations, prayer, meditation, and other practices and tecniques to stay on track with these other goals. Take a moment each day to see make sure you are monitoring your stress and keeping it under control.

A great affirmation for the holiday season is:

“I am committed to reducing my stress this holiday season. I am reducing stress this holiday season by gaining maximum enjoyment from my time with family and friends. I am reducing stress this holiday season by remembering and focusing on why this time of year is important to me.  I am reducing stress this holiday season by recognizing and addressing my own needs so that I have the energy to be there for others.” 

No offense to Elvis, but you can do without the Blue Christmas this year. Try each of these ideas or just pick one and watch your stress go down and your enjoyment go up. 

Peace…

Ray
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