How applicable is this statement to so many other facets of life? What comes to mind for you? This is the time of year when families come together giving thanks and celebrating the holiday season. So often this time is more stressful than enjoyable. The expense of gift giving and accent on superficial and material things becomes the focus rather than celebrating the true beauty of the season. Even bringing family together with clashing personalities is the subject of jokes and movies, etc. Go ahead and laugh because it is true for many of us.
“Fill the negative space with light.” Perhaps rethink how you spend your time and money this season. What emotions come up for you during this time of year? Do you tally the amount you spend on each person and want to give something of equal value during a gift exchange? Why would this matter more than giving a thoughtful gift from the heart, perhaps even something you made yourself? This not only brings love to what you give, but it is easier on the bank account thereby reducing stress in more than one way.
How does the statement relate to family relationships? Do you groan or sigh when you think about how you will deal with family this season? Is there a weight on your shoulders when you think of the stress the season can bring? How can a change in the way you approach the experience turn it from a negative one to something beautiful and filled with light? My suggestion is to be loving and accepting. Bring no other thoughts or expectations to the table.
As with all things in our world, there is a direct connection between food and everything else in life. When we are less stressed and happy we tend to eat better. Fill your body with healthy food to improve your mood and how you physically feel. Be cognizant of how the tasty treats of the season affect you physically and emotionally. Chances are when you encounter the season’s experiences filled with joy and love; you will be less likely to overdo it on the holiday goodies and perhaps avoid the weight gain, that heavy feeling, and depressed mood that may accompany it, thus feeling “filling negative space with light” and being lighter on the scale as an added bonus.
Best wishes this holiday season.
In Love and Health,
I coach people with their health. If any of this resonates with you, or if you have any questions I may be able to help answer, feel free to contact me.