Isn’t it interesting how the simple spelling change from Happy Holidays to Happy Holy Days seems to shift something? It lands a little differently, doesn’t it?
In addition to the slight word and intonation change, we also actually have to slow down just a tiny bit when we say it. This may seem like a small thing and an irrelevant observation, but I think it can be a powerful one—an invitation to slowness and connectedness.
Instead of rushing around this time of year, how can you slow down more? In what ways can you do the opposite of frantically shopping?
As we enter the winter, it is a time to be more internal. All of nature is moving with the seasons. The days are shorter and nights are longer and colder, the bears are hibernating, the squirrels are gathering their nuts… but we, humans, are busily running from one place to another, trying to get everything on the “to do” list checked off. Frankly, it’s just unnatural. All this hustle and bustle should be springtime behavior.
I am cordially inviting you to slow down and tune into what it could mean for you to experience some holy days. This doesn’t have anything to do with religion, but instead a deeper experience of self as I believe holiness is about our connection to our own Higher Selves, to nature, to God, to the cosmos, to our beautiful beating hearts and breath, to this mysterious life. And when we sit with whatever that is for us, an incredible thing happens—we remember that we are all connected. We remember that there is an ever-present beating heart of the entire cosmos that can be felt inside of us. But in order to experience this, we must slow down and get quiet. It is often a state of slow, quietness that helps us to feel whole (and thus holy).
Consider this your official invitation to get in alignment with the seasons and slow down so that you may actually enjoy these precious Holy Days this year.