“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”
— Calvin Coolidge
As Christmas Day draws near, I cannot help but feel the excitement of the holiday. I had a difficult childhood, which I speak about in the Preface of my book The Practice, but when I was a little girl, Christmas was always a time of joy and excitement for me—and it continues to be so now that I am an adult!
There is something so grand about Christmas Day that has always made me feel deep within that everything is all right with the world. This hopeful and inspiring message “Peace on earth and good will toward all” has a sort of magical quality that, just by saying it, makes it feel true. But it isn’t magic:
Christmas Day is a reminder to me that peace and good will are truly attainable ideals. They exist within each one of us at all times.
For me, the peaceful feeling that permeates Christmastime is accessible every day of the year when I sit in silence. Within me, all is calm and all is bright, and I feel a deep and beautiful sense of comfort, joy, and benevolence. I carry this deep knowing in my heart following my morning meditation as I move through my day. Whether it is a celebratory occasion or just an “ordinary” day, I recognize the glory in each moment and the opportunity to spread feelings of love, hope, peace, and good cheer.
The messages of Christmas Day assure us that although the world outside may not yet reflect the “perfect light” within each of us, we can shine this loving light outward in all our activities and interactions. As we spread our light, more of us will come together to make peace on earth and good will toward all a new and glorious reality.
I invite you to spend the first few moments of Christmas morning sitting in silence and tapping into your wellspring of peace and good will. Open this gift to yourself and hear the sound of joy whisper from your core. Whatever the day ahead has in store for you, may you greet it with the spirit of the holiday in your heart.
I am wishing all who celebrate this wondrous holiday a very Merry Christmas!
“May you be blessed
With the spirit of the season, which is peace,
The gladness of the season, which is hope,
And the heart of the season, which is love.”
— Irish Christmas Blessing