LOVING IN THIS SEASON OF GIVING
Updated: Dec 27, 2022
CURIOUS ON LIFE: the Blog vol. 7
Rebecca Guevara Wingler
certified life coach/ artist/ grey area drinking/ reiki practitioner
LOVE IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON
Christmas tradition, the giving of ourselves because of the gift that has been given to us.
Whether you are religious or not, practice spirituality or not, it seems to me that at this time of year people feel free to be more gracious, joyous and yes, giving.
It isn't about how much is given, how many dollars were spent, or hours volunteered, we seem to get so much satisfaction when we are able to practice the act of giving, It is beautiful. It is an act of love.
Research shows that giving can stimulate the brain's reward center and can boost our physical and mental health.
The chemical response that takes place makes us feel good, helping to create positive feelings.
WHAT ABOUT LOVING AND GIVING TO OURSELVES?
Sometimes we forgot that all these sentiments and actions of giving are also beneficial when directed toward our own well being. There is so much value in being mindful about loving, appreciating and giving to ourselves.
We can practice in simple things like taking time to............
Process fears, not rejecting them but question them and evaluate them to help gain clarity. It is natural to feel afraid and have fears sometimes, but instead of numbing them or rejecting them try and understand them. Work with someone if you need to, to help guide you through.
Love your body. So many distractions in this world try to keep you from this truth: Our value doesn't lie in how our body looks. Learn how to think about your body without toxic negativity. One way is to be grateful to it, for bringing you along this far. Numbing with things like passive screen time or alcohol distracts from yourself and your needs. You are beautiful and unique.
Allow yourself to make mistakes. Cut yourself some slack. Making mistakes is how you learn and grow. We have a past, it doesn't define the future. You are constantly changing and growing from who you once were into who you are today and will be one day. Respond to your mistakes and failures with compassion.
Don't compare yourself to others First there is only one you! Focus on yourself and your journey. You will feel better when you allow for this energy shift, it is freeing. Express who you really are instead of who you "should" be. Learn to trust your instincts about which people are right for you to be with, and what career to pursue. In practice, you will know yourself best and how to make the most of what you have to offer the world.
"You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection."
Have a joyous holiday and peaceful New Year.
Thanks for reading.
With love, wonder and curiosity,