Almira is an anti-ageing and rejuvenation specialist with HOLISTIC LONDON, and leader of the New Renaissance Woman programs.
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As I write this, we are approaching the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. It’s dark, cold and damp. The time of year when we are meant to draw in, rest and reflect on our year — the one that’s passed, and the one to come.
Our ancestors knew this and instinctively put down their tools in early November and withdrew indoors — to sleep, to eat and to socialise; to wait for the return of the light and the first signs of spring. They gave themselves the very special gift of refreshing body and soul at a time when the earth, too, is resting and renewing herself for the bursting forth of life to come.
Yet that is not how we do it now. We’ve lost that connection to the earth and to the seasons. So instead of allowing winter to touch us with its magic, we rush, rush, rush to the end of the year. There are deadlines to complete before the Christmas break. The holiday season is a major rush job in itself — send the cards, decorate the tree, get the presents, sort out the turkey, cook it, deal with the relatives as best you can….
And next thing you know, it’s all over and you feel somehow you’ve been gypped. If you’re honest, Christmas has been a bit of a damp squib. You’re still wired and tired. Maybe even more stressed out than ever.
My deepest wish is that you use this time of the year to take a break and get back in touch with what matters. To satisfy that deep ache in your heart for meaning and purpose.
When you buy things you desire, for yourself and your loved ones, it’s a way of satisfying that deep ache. No more so than at Christmas, this season for giving. And we do so…
On the mistaken belief that these things will satisfy us and satisfy those we love most.
Our houses are stuffed with stuff. A little of that stuff is useful. Most is just stuff. Stuff that clutters our homes and clutters our lives. Stuff that clogs our energy. Stuff that stuffs us full of significance, yet leaves that deep ache unfulfilled. So we buy more. And more.
Human beings are wired for more. “More, more, more”. It’s one of the first things a child learns to say. My wish this holiday season is that you seek and find
The More that Matters
Not more stuff. More love, more affection, more joy, laughter and fulfilment. More pleasure, more play, more happiness. Even more pain where that is an opening for growth and development. More purpose, more connection,
And remember, the Winter Solstice is a very special time of the year — one our ancestors celebrated because it marked the day when the sun stands still in the sky. It marks the return of the light. At this special time of year, fill your heart with all the More that Matters to you. Rest, refresh and renew yourself. Then you’ll be ready to make your plans for a truly prosperous 2016, and realise them all.