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December 2017

December 2017

Let your heart be light…

I’ve always been especially drawn to this lyric from “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” I think about its simple uplifting reminder and also its sense of poignancy all year long, but it resonates a bit more in the month of December. For obvious holiday reasons, of course, but also the looming end of one year and the beginning of another.

This is a perfect time for reflection and putting things in perspective. Life can be heavy. And there are a lot of things and circumstances we don’t have power over. No one can say, “I’ll pass, thanks!” to the hard times. It feels unfair, and sometimes with that realization laughing and looking on the bright side while others are suffering can feel wrong.

For me, “let your heart be light” isn’t about erasing or disregarding the serious concerns and the causes we hold dear to us. It’s recognizing that we simply have control over our thoughts, and while it takes practice to put into play, how vital it is for our self-love and growth to give permission to wash away some of our heart’s burdens — the ones that have a tendency to take hold and distract us from being compassionate to ourselves. It’s the greatest gift we can give this season.

May your heart be light...

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