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Stress-free holidays

The holidays can be a busy time. On top of work, there are travel plans and gift giving. It can seem like the focus is on the to-do list and not on the message of the Christ — God’s unconditional love for all mankind.

So how do we put the spirit of the Christ back in Christmas with all the things that need to get done?

In a recent article I wrote published in The Monitor, I tell about a time when our family moved across country and had a lot to do upon arrival. I share how seeking “the kingdom of God first, and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33) became a helpful focus, giving me a greater sense of peace, and allowing things to fall into place naturally and harmoniously.

In another article that I appreciate on this topic, “Unselfishness: a recipe for time managment“, the author writes of his spiritual wake up call from feeling self-centered pride about finishing his to-do list to a greater desire to live spiritually: “Like a bolt of lightning, it became clear to me that I had just one task: to express unselfishness, to dedicate my entire day to blessing and serving others…”

I hope these ideas will help you and yours to express more of the Christ-spirit this holiday season. Wishing you a Christmas season filled with grace, poise, patience, gratitude, Christly-love and affection.

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Celebrating the Christ-spirit

I like thinking a lot about the Christ-spirit and presence that Jesus embodied. It was this Christly-power and authority that enabled him to still storms, walk through mobs unharmed, calm sickness and fear, and provide abundance in the face of lack.

This Christ-spirit and presence is still here within each of us.

It enables us to:

  • Choose love instead of anger
  • Peace instead of stress
  • Stillness instead of busyness
  • Have courage in the face of fear
  • Spiritual conviction in the face of doubt
  • Strength in moments of weakness
  • Healing in the face of disease

This Christ-presence comes to each of us when we need it. It lightens the darkness, brings healing, and shows us God’s gracious love for us.

Welcome the Christ-spirit into your consciousness this Christmas and everyday!

I love to observe Christmas in quietude, humility, benevolence, charity, letting good will towards man, eloquent silence, prayer, and praise express my conception of Truth’s appearing. (Mary Baker Eddy, What Christmas Means To Me)

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Overcoming stress during the holidays

The holidays can sometimes be filled with stress for people who are busy with family preparations, etc. that it can seem to overshadow the purity and simplicity of the birth of Christ.  So how do we counteract that in our spiritual practice?

I find these words to be of great help:

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:33

By seeking God first — a God-consciousness — a consciousness this is aware of who God is and God’s presence governing us and everyone in our lives, we can see harmony expressed and find our needs supplied. Whether you are running errands, doing the shopping, cooking food, etc., we can be poised and still and listening for the inner voice within telling us everything we need to know. It can even keep you from forgetting that item on your shopping list!

Seeking the Kingdom of God within gives us a sense of poise, grace, and peace that we carry with us. It enables us to keep calm and feel that inner peace — that Christ expressed — that comes from a spiritual love that embraces everyone.  It enables us to see this Love, that is God, embracing and caring for each person, stranger, and guest in our home.

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