Christmas Is for Sharing

Christmas Is for Sharing
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Someone passed us this video and I just had to share it with you today.

When I saw this video, at first I was skeptical. How could enemy forces ever drop their animosity, even for a little while, in the middle of a war?

But that’s the magic of Christmas. People come together, forget our differences, and take the time to be grateful. The little things suddenly come to our attention and we realize that they are what really matters: a kind act, a smile, shared time, shared meals, and shared gestures of love and acceptance…

Many of us look beyond the blatant consumerism of the season and choose to give only a few small, meaningful gifts – like the chocolate in the video – and instead focus on creating an unforgettable experience.

In the video, it was a shared love of a game that brought everyone together. What can it be in your life? A special meal? Storytelling? A traditional game? How can you make every Christmas one to remember forever?

Christmas magic doesn’t have to be just for kids. There is no reason to abandon the joy or the mystery of Christmas just because we are adults.

Whatever your faith, and whatever your traditions – expand this idea beyond Christmas – it’s a beautiful way for us to reconnect and reaffirm what is truly meaningful.

Best of all, sharing is not something that has to end with the unwrapping of the last gift. Sharing is one of those traits that feels incredibly good, any time of the year. Sharing can mean donating unneeded items to charity; volunteering to teach refugees how to adapt to a new culture; taking shelter dogs for walks; helping out your elderly neighbors; bringing your old magazines to your local school; planting trees; playing piano at the nursing home… there are so many ways… I can’t even begin to list them all… that you can use your talents and skills to enrich the life of others.

Meditation is an opportunity to expand love and appreciation any day of the year. We live in a very divided world and peace seems out of reach. People are fighting and expressing hate, but all of us have a choice to stop that cycle. Practicing loving-kindness meditation helps you to feel connected to people whose truths are the polar opposites of yours. Expressing gratitude during meditation – with a simple mantra, “Thank you” – helps you appreciate what you have instead of always longing for that “thing” that will make you happy.

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This little video really brings home the fact that divisiveness is a choice, and so is connection; that bitterness is a choice, and so is forgiveness; and that even when we feel controlled by outside forces we can always choose to rise above the ugliness with love, compassion, kindness and understanding.

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  • Belle

    Reply Reply December 24, 2016

    Your post today is beautiful!! It is so comforting and inspiring. Our world seems so chaotic now, especially with so many seemingly “mad men” at the helm–like Trump and my country’s president, Duterte. Sometimes it’s hard not to feel a sense of despair, helplessness, and hopelessness. But I know that in the midst of all this, it has become even more important for each of us to cultivate a consciousness of Love and Peace. And this we can best do through Meditation, and in the daily manifestation of this Peace and Love through acts of kindness. I have been reading your posts for more than a year, and they have always been helpful and inspiring. Thank you !

    • Project Meditation

      Reply Reply December 26, 2016

      Thank you so much for your much appreciated post Belle.
      You wouldn’t believe how much comments like yours inspire us to keep trying to make a difference.
      We wish you all the very very best. .- the Project Meditation Team 🙂

  • Erin

    Reply Reply December 29, 2016

    Thank you, I needed to see that.

    • Project Meditation

      Reply Reply December 30, 2016

      You’re very welcome Erin and we’re glad it reached you at the right time!
      Wishing you all the very best – the Project Meditation Team 🙂

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