Monday, December 25, 2017

The Ghosts of Christmas

Merry Christmas to all of my friends!!

Thank you so much for participating in my deep thoughts! 😉 I wasn't sure if I wanted to write a blog like this but I'm so happy that I did. I have been able to express lots of ideas and thoughts I have; and the most wonderful part is the feedback. I gain a lot of insight from other people - your thoughts and experiences get me thinking and it makes me a better person. So thank you! 💓

A Christmas Carol - a masterpiece (in my view) of the spirit of Christmas. Not just a great novel, it made several great favourite being the Mickey Mouse version!  But more than the spirit of Christmas and the lessons that Ebeneezer Scrooge had to learn, this is a good opportunity to contemplate what the Ghosts of Christmas represent! :)

My Christmas Past: I have successfully managed to rid myself of all of the toxic people in my life, that was one of the greatest accomplishments to date! There are a few thought processes that I'm in the midst of changing, though it's a battle, I'm conquering it day by day. But one thing I have been neglecting lately is my mental health management. In order to stay off pharmaceuticals, there are certain supplements, exercises and meditations that I must do daily to stay healthy. As my friends know, my challenge has been pet-related lately. I have put myself aside to take good care of our furry kids. With Alex's insomnia, I've been burning the candle at both ends and I have been suffering. But, as of a few days ago, I put my routines back into place and I'm already feeling so much better. No matter what crisis lands at my doorstep, I have to keep this plan in place. The idea that I have to put myself last is now in my "Christmas Past"!

My Christmas Present: Besides getting back to my mental health management routine, I do believe that the best things I do for myself daily is spiritual. I read Tarot cards daily and I contemplate life daily. I watch the skies and I really enjoy being out in nature. I hug my favourite tree too. :) I make sure that romance is part of my every day life as well and I'm lucky that Alex is the same way. All of these important things ground me and help me to enjoy each day and feel appreciation and gratitude for everything and everyone I have in my life.

My Christmas Future: For this, I can only hope for what will bless me in 2018! But to gain a little insight, I thought about the card I drew. I've mentioned that my favourite Tarot deck is all about fairy tales. Well the card I drew was The Summer Queen. The Summer Queen defeated the Winter Giant to bring 6 months of warmer weather to the earth to ensure that humanity wouldn't be extinct. After a fierce battle, the Winter Giant conceded to 6 months of cold weather and he retreated to the far north from spring to autumn. According to this tale, this was how people began the yearly cycle of planting, harvesting and resting. The Summer Queen was so adored by the people that she became known as Mother Earth.

I love that I drew this card. I feel like I'm getting the message that my garden will flourish this season as long as I plan it well and nourish it all summer. :)

What about you? Do you have things to leave in your Christmas Past? What do you think you're doing well right now in your Christmas Present?

Would you like me to draw a card for your Christmas Future? I'd be so SO happy to do that and give you my thoughts on the meaning!! :)


wisps of words said...

Wonderful thoughts on Christmas Day. Thank you.

So happy you have seen that you need to put yourself first, and take care of yourself!!!!!!!

I'm doing well, with leaving behind, things which do not nurture me. Isn't it delightful, when one can say that? And mean it? Without the old silly "Ohhh I really shouldn't have that attitude"? Well, to be honest, it still 'niggles' at me. But I'm not gonna' listen to the 'niggles.' :-)

Blogging is a joy for me. But the blogging I was doing, was not. So, I "took a holiday." Happy sigh... Wise move. So that fits with Christmas Past.

Needless to say, I am enjoying my Blogging Present, and IG also. And trying to be much more present in my real life, and let gratitude and calm thoughts prevail.<--A work in progress!

Future... Actually I don't look ahead much. But I am looking ahead to this deep winter time. For all its coziness and time for introspection and snuggle-down-at-home-ness.

I know nothing about tarot. I would dearly love to have you draw a card for me! A brand new thing!!!!! I love the idea.

Enjoy your quiet. We now prepare for the family-hub-bub of Christmas Day happenings and dinner and the gathering. Half family do not drink. But my secret, I have a bottle of bubbly, all for myself. It will take the edge off of family... "stuff", should it happen. Much better for my blood pressure. >,-))))

Gentle hugs...

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

What a lovely post. But then I always enjoy this blog. I am so happy to hear that you are taking care of yourself as much as you take care of the needs of others. I find this very important because if we're not balanced and healthy, we have nothing to give to others. You have a lot of love and joy in your home, and that is truly the greatest thing in life.

Most of my past was happy, save for that difficult period with my ex husband. But he's where he belongs - in the past.

In the present, I am feeling at peace. Having a family gathering in our home for the first time in years was the most wonderful experience.

I don't know what the future will bring but I feel I'm on the right path at this point in my life. I will take it one day at a time and try to enjoy each moment.

And yes! I would love for you to draw a card for me. That would be fun!

Rain said...

Hi Wisps of Words :) Thank you! :)

I agree, I think it's so wonderful to be able to say I've left it behind...I no longer need "x, y, z" in my life because it's not good for me, and I truly don't want that ever again. But you are right, actually meaning it brings peace to a person. I admit there are still a few little demons, but they are getting smaller and smaller each day! :) Niggles should be discarded lol...I love that word!

I look at winter the same way. I live by the code of COZY! Everything that brings me comfort during the deep freezes help me feel good and get me through my January through March cabin fever!! And I do LOTS of introspection as well, I think it's the way it should be! I really hope you had a wonderful relaxing Christmas!!

I drew your card and will post that today! :)

Rain said...

Thank you Martha! :)

I often struggle with that idea...that I need to take care of myself first so that I can better take care of Alex and the furry kids. I know it's true, but I fall into that people pleasing trap and I never feel good about it - and's so ingrained in me to go out of my way to feel loved...Alex never makes me feel that's all due to past conditioning, which makes me feel awful...thus began the cycle of stress and guilt. It was getting bad, to the point where I couldn't swallow. I went a few days without eating. My throat would just clench up and of course, that led to panic...terrible terrible. And even then, I was so anxious that I couldn't see it. Alex just sat me down and talked to me about it and that's when I realized I was just doing too much - but I didn't need to. I'm so glad he grounds me...when you are in a state of perpetual stress and anxiety, you can't always see what's going on around you.

Just feeling his support and knowing that all I have to do to feel loved is be ME, just having someone say that to you...makes all the difference. Within a day, I felt the stress lifting and I could relax again. I do feel so much better and I was able to eat all the delicious food we made too, just by doing those things that helped me so much and feeling that support. My challenge is to keep this up and remember all of this in times of stress!

Leaving your past where it should be is wonderful! As you know, it takes work and time and thought to be able to accomplish that, but it makes us better people, it makes us see ourselves with more respect and love. :) I think you are definitely on the right path and you have a wonderful support system too! :)

I drew your card and I am about to post it! :)