Happy New Year, one and all! This time of year can be a bit bittersweet–the excitement of the holidays is over, Christmas decorations are carefully put away, visiting family leaves. Maybe you did everything you wanted to this Christmas, but chances are you didn’t. As I get older and hopefully wiser, I have tried to let go of “The List” of Everything To Do At Christmas Or It’s Not Really Christmas. Instead, I lit 300 luminarias in my boyfriend, Brett’s, backyard and invited our friends, family and neighbors over for a meditative labyrinth walk.
I’ve wanted to do this for several years, and now that I have, I know it will be an annual event. Not because everyone will count on us doing it, or because I feel pressure to have a unique holiday party, but because it’s a grounding, soulful, quiet haven of an activity to do during a time of year that is typically over the top in excess and stress. So I wish for you in 2011 what I seek for myself: a year of illumination, of grounding, of meaningful stability, of peace. Let there be Light!