As we segue from the season of harvest to the winter holidays, may you enjoy the blessings of Sanctuary. A few days ago, when my daughter was home for the Thanksgiving holidays, we reminisced about our long-ago annual retreat to one of the great rain forests of the Pacific Northwest.
When she was a youngster, we’d go to a lovely lodge on the edge of the forest and enjoy a few days of quiet before the rush of the holiday season. Beside the warmth of the fire in the main lodge, we’d play cribbage, Scrabble, and Yahtze… and spend long hours writing letters and cards to family and other loved ones to honor Christmas and Kwanzaa. As my daughter grew older, she’d take her cello and practice in one of the rustic gathering rooms. We even played their old piano… serenading the staff and the few other guests who, like us, had come to pause and unwind.
That’s what Sanctuary is all about.
During this season of festivities and frenzied shopping, it’s important to pause, reflect on who and what’s important in your life, and take time to care for yourself.
Here are a few simple ways to pause for Sanctuary this season:
– Embrace the holidays with an open heart, mind, and spirit.
– Look at this season through the eyes of a child—filled with joy and excitement.
– Give the gift that keeps on giving—your kindness and a heart-felt smile.
– Reach out to others with a word of encouragement… or a simple prayer, to help them feel better and you feel more connected and joyful.
I hope you enjoy the blessings of Sanctuary and of the season—Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.
Pass It On!