Holy Days

December 19, 2009

Dear Ones, I wish you well as you navigate the dark waters of the season.

Christmas, Chanukah, New Year’s – these may amount to nothing other than daggers turning in your shredded heart.  Take comfort.  You are not alone.  A tribe of mourners surrounds you now and wraps you in our imperfect yet tender embrace.

Your loved one is an empty place at the table, I know.  A throbbing void.  And the mad rush of spending and wrapping and cooking and schmoozing can make you feel like an alien.

You want to escape, maybe.  Disappear into the jungles of the Yucatan or the anonymous casinos of Las Vegas.  I invite you instead to drop more deeply into this very moment.  Give yourself permission not to do the tasks that crowd everyone else’s to-do lists.  Go on strike.  Breathe through your loss, your pain, your longing.

The greatest gift you can offer anyone now is unconditional mercy for your own sweet self.

I send you warm hugs through the ethers.



3 Responses to “Holy Days”

  1. Daniel said

    I Like this… 🙂

  2. Sheila said

    Thanks, Mirabai, for these touching reminders. An elder woman was in front of me today at the grocery store, as I waited and she was checking out. She was fumbling around with this and that, sending people for price checks, etc. – taking up time. But she reminded me so much of my deceased mother that I just enjoyed spending those extra moments appreciating her efforts to get what she needed while simultaneously missing my mom.

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