It's over...but Christmas has just begun. The first day of Christmas was the 25th...it's now the 29th. We still have 8 days until January 6 or in the Christian church, Epiphany. Sometimes it's called Three Kings Day, when the three kings were said to follow the Star to the Christ child. Epiphany means an appearance or manifestation or sudden intuitive perception.
The word has great meaning to me and it comes at the perfect time of year. For most of us in this country we have just been through one of, if not THE, biggest celebration that we acknowledge and then the New Year comes a week later. Epiphany tops the preceding celebrations perfectly.
The history of the Christmas holiday and Epiphany is complex and as interested as I am in that, I am merely commenting on my individual experience this year. After the major portion of he hub-bub is behind us we can start to look ahead to the New Year and Epiphany. I prefer to view Epiphany from a personal perspective and see it as a time to be especially open to moments of insight or revelation.
For many years I made lists of resolutions which as we all know usually go by the wayside days or weeks into the New Year. This year my goal is to open myself to intuition and insight. Staying still and listening to the little voices inside through meditation or just quiet time alone is useful. Or perhaps visiting a book store, using an online gift card for books or wandering through the shelves at the local library will enhance the chance of a revelatory experience. Taking a walk and staying perfectly in the moment can open those intuitive channels as well.
Of course, I still have my lists and goals for the coming months but I'm hoping to achieve them in a more organic fashion. Do the work, stay positive, grateful and let life unfold as it may. No more square pegs in round holes. No more pushing the river. No more promises I can't keep. I'll do my best to stay open to myself and others and trust that life's goodness will be delivered to me as it usually is. (Even when I fuss about it.)
Best wishes in the New Year for personal growth and peace to all.