Today I was contemplating on the significance of the 12 days of Christmas. I have read various articles and watched videos on how different cultures celebrate Christmas, New Year and the time between the 25th of December and the 6th of January.
According to the Christian Church each day of the 12 days of Christmas is devoted to a saint or some religious act. In the calendar I found a day devoted to St Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury (29 December) or another to St Egwin of Worcester (30th Devember). I understood that Christians celebrate Mary, Jesus’s mother as well as St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory Nazianzen or St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American saint. The dates, events and celebrations all depend on the type of Church you follow.
My guest for the twelve days of Christmas is to see ‘how much devotion I can generate in my spiritual practice for the next year’. On the 6th of January, at Epiphany, I will commit myself for a year of delight. Until then, I am gathering focus and understanding on what I mean by ‘delight’and what the truly meaningful ‘things’ are to my soul’s journey in the physical.
Epiphany is the day of the enlightenment. The Faithful devotes her/himself to a course that s/he was enlightened to during the 12 days of Christmas. Since the 25th of December, I have been meditating on how to go about being de-light-full in my life for the next year to come.
I have gathered that one cannot delight or be delighted without being aligned with his/her higher-self and be willing to follow God’s lead. My delight much depends on the things I engage in. So, I look at my life and see where I sell out. I ask myself questions on the things that matter to me the most.
I contemplate on questions such as:
• What would I do if I did not have to take care of myself (paying bills, feeding and clothing kids and pets, no concerns, etc.)?
• What do I enjoy doing? What brings me joy?
Each time I make this list, it reveals to me how much of my time I devote to matters that delight me and how much I waste on the devil of time and space.
Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve. What are my New Year’s Resolutions?
On the 6th of January, I will run a Year Compass focusing group from 10am (GMT+1). We will spend 4 hours of answering questions and meditating on what we’d like to focus on in the ear 2018.
If you’d like to join, here is the link to the event .