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Holiday Gratitude, Kindness, and Joy

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The last few months of the year are upon us. Amidst business, personal and family goals and obligations emerge sounds, tastes, smells and gatherings for the holidays. Music changes. Displays pop-up in stores. Foods suddenly appear in abundance. Do the words pumpkin or cinnamon sound familiar? Life around us takes on a different “feel”, and memories begin to flood our awareness.

Regardless of where we are there is a good chance something in our environment will cause an emotion to stir. Sometimes its pleasant, filling us with joy and connection and sometimes it is not. This time of year has a way of revealing places within our selves most in need of loving care. It can often be a mixed bag when it comes to the holidays…

What if the cascade of emotions and memories present at this time became the fuel to create a wave of kindness, gratitude and joy? Can we imagine transforming our feelings into gifts for others? Just for a moment think of a holiday song, food or experience. Allow it to be for a little while. Notice feelings beginning to rise in your body. Stay present for a few moments and take another look at the mind…what’s here? Now, close your eyes and invite yourself to simply experience feelings in the body as energy. Notice the sensations as pleasant, unpleasant or neutral. Breathe slowly and intentionally, fully feeling waves of emotions within. Allow yourself to experience what is…staying with the sensation as long as you wish, trusting there is a gift here for you.

Now, return to the heart and ask, “how might I transform this energy into a gift of gratitude, kindness and joy for myself and others?” Pause for a moment holding this intention lightly. Surrender the feelings and ask to be of service to someone in need of care. An image may come to mind immediately, or this inquiry may be with you throughout the day or week, until a person or situation comes to mind. Give thanks for the opportunity to be of service and give yourself permission to trust and act on your intention and grace. Each one of us can be a gift of kindness for another. This year, let us be thankful for the opportunity to transform our past experiences into joy. 

Nancy Feth is a professional coach and strategic catalyst, passionate about relationships. Her work with individuals, couples, businesses and teams has assisted each in developing relationships that are both authentic and intentional. Clients served range from international organizations to small-businesses and entrepreneurial ventures. Nancy and her partners recently launched Simply Grace, a women’s community designed to honor spiritual diversity and foster global kindness, compassion and love. www.facebook.com/pauseonpurpose www.simplygrace.me

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