Finding your center at Christmas

Christmas is often the time when we feel pulled in many directions. There are presents to buy, parties to attend, travel plans to be made. We can be too hard on ourselves and easily get lost in the shuffle and dance.

This season, I am determined to focus on the true meaning of Christmas.  I am focusing on finding my center, slowing down and savouring the moment. Whether it is a quiet moment alone or special time with friends and family, I want to enjoy it all.

With each day, I am learning that God can be my center, filling the hole inside me that forms when I am simply worn ragged. If there is anything I have learned in these last few months it is that wherever I go, whatever I am doing I will not be truly happy unless I allow myself to bring my restlessness, my doubts, my anxiousness, and my fears back to God. I can clutter my life with so many things, so many activities, so many ways of living, so many desires.  But in the end, I must trust God above all. To hear his voice rise above earth’s static, and weave all that noise in our lives into a soft symphony.

“We will be more successful in all our endeavors if we can let go of the habit of running all the time, and take little pauses to relax and re-center ourselves. And we’ll also have a lot more joy in living.” Thich Nhat Hanh

By Katie Turpen

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