I was sitting in my bathtub tonight when it hit me: I need to do something radical to get ready for Christmas. (Most of my best ideas hit me in the shower or the bathtub…so I’m going to go with this one…)
Now, when I say I need to do something radical to get ready for Christmas, I don’t mean “get ready” as in gift buying and decorating. I mean, get ready spiritually. Like, am I going to have a place inside my soul this year to welcome whatever new spark of Divinity is being brought to life in me? I’ve been telling my readers to do this and when I am giving advice to my clients or my audience, I am usually due for a little of my own medicine.
So, here it is, 12 days until Christmas morning, if you include today. Now, I realize that the true 12 Days of Christmas begin on December 26 and go until January 6 (the traditional date of the feast of the Epiphany) but I need to do something NOW. So, I’m making my own 12 Days of Christmas.
It’s too easy to let these two weeks slip away without really stepping into their power and beauty. It’s too easy to get caught up in the collective trance about what the holidays are supposed to be. Seems like the best way to keep that from happening is to stop letting the culture distract me from my inner experience.
Here’s what I’m doing for these 12 days, starting now: I”m going in. Inside myself. I’m going to look for God there and be willing to be surprised by what I find. I’m going to start letting go of the outer, surface level reality in favor of the intangible one I find when I connect with the Divine.
I’m going to abstain from outside references that tell me how I’m supposed to feel, look or be. No news. No magazines. No NPR. No books (I’m in withdrawal already…) No reading while I eat breakfast and drink my morning tea (ouch!)
For these 12 Days I’m going to be still and listen.
Now, I’m not sure how far I’ll be taking this yet. What does it really mean to stop looking outside for feedback? Do I still keep my appointment with my business coach tomorrow? And if so, do I change the format of our meeting? Not sure about that but I’m pretty confident that checking my email 20 times a day needs to go. Along with flipping channels on the radio. And tv is out altogether.
Will this 12 day “outer reference fast” be like my Grandmother’s version of Lent? (Here’s what that looks like: give up drinking for the 40 days, but go ahead & throw a few down on Sunday because, after all, it’s the Sabbath…God be good to you Grandma …). Will I break down and indulge in the New York times next week? Will I turn on a Star Trek Voyager rerun while I’m working on ideas for my radio show? Will I ask someone for advice?
Only time will tell.
I’ll keep you posted.
In the meantime, let me know what you’re doing to “get ready” for your holy days, whatever you’re celebrating this season.