the gift of inherent worthiness.
the knowing that you are worthy in this life exactly where you are, as you are, and who you are. in your sadness or in your joy, eating your latkes or your christmas dinner, in your pain or in your triumph. there is nothing wrong inside of you…and the truth is that there never was.
the gift of joy.
the knowing that you are not deserving of your own self-inflicted punishment. you really truly are allowed to laugh, to smile, to hug, and to love. you are allowed to eat peppermint bark, warm up a late night mug of eggnog with ground cinnamon and nutmeg, watch christmas movies until three in the morning with those you hold so dear. there is nothing so deeply dark inside of you that leaves you undeserving of light and warmth.
the gift of self-acceptance.
the knowing that there is nothing about you as a human being in your body that needs to be changed, besides the way you speak to yourself. you were not born raging a war against your body, nor do you have to continue. there does exist a freedom that you (nor i) can yet fully imagine, where one is fully at peace with the body that holds our soul. let us breathe in that possibility. that is the first step.
the gift of serenity.
the knowing that you are allowed to rest. you are allowed to let time slow, to nestle your way into the cushions of your couch with a good book, and let go. there is nothing you need to compensate for, there are no miles that need to be ran. there is only your mind that needs to be soothed, and your breath is yet another gift to guide you.
the gift of connection.
the knowing that being seen, understood, loved, and known is as crucial for survival as anything else, and allowing yourself to ask for it. to reach out to those close to you, letting your words emanate into the lonely and forgotten places in your heart, and ask for the connection that you yearn for. this, and only this, will make you whole.
the gift of gratitude.
the knowing that you made it thus far because of the subtle strength that swells within you, and the gratitude that you hold for this life. breathe in this moment, hold the colors and songs of the world like there is no tomorrow, and be thankful for all that has taken you to this place right here, right now, as you are.
what other gifts are you attempting to hold dear this holiday season, my friends?
if you could embody anything, anything at all, what would it be?
and can you not gift that to yourself right here, right now, too?