Welcome to the season of red and green. Red for the poinsettias, the ribbons, Santa’s hat and perhaps a bit of red tape to push through! Green for the garland, the pine trees and boughs, and for the dollars we will spend. Each person has a special connection to the holiday season. In our business and busy-ness of daily life, perhaps we are forgetting what this season can be about: the roots and the heart.
Let us consider the roots. The holidays are usually a time of connection and re-connection with family, or the roots of our birth line. This is our lineage, our ancestry, and from where we came. For some, this is a good experience. For others, this is not. For some, it requires obligation and for others, it is a wish. Each experience is personal and brings to the surface our relationship with our family roots.
But, our roots can connect us to those other than family. What about people that feel like family to us, our friends, co-workers or trusted confidantes? Or, our pets and furry friends who love us unconditionally? The holiday season is not just about birth family but about inherited family too. Our roots can be defined by who and what we attach to and this is up to our discretion, lead by our feelings and sense of authenticity.
On a larger scale, what about our Earth-family? We are all members of planet Earth, and are therefore rooted on the same mass of land. This is also our root connection. We are all united together having human experiences, and all celebrate holidays in some form or another. We can connect to this larger energy and life that pulses beneath our feet and can assist us in not feeling so alone during celebratory times. Why not celebrate that we are all one on this crazy Earth-journey? This can potentially provide some rootedness during times when holiday angst sets in.
This brings us to the heart. It’s all about love, is it not? The holiday season is really about connection and for that we require the heart. Even the Grinch learned this lesson! In viewing the Whos down in Whoville uniting together and singing songs of joy, even though there were no presents to open, his heart grew three sizes larger. This was an unexpected development in the Grinch’s very cold life. But he grew and changed from the love the Whos demonstrated for each other and for the welcoming of a sacred time of year.
This is a classic holiday season theme. The grouchy old Scrooge or negative character ends up having his heart opened by connecting with others who are pure and loving. This is the transformative ability of the holidays. All that is needed is a little heart. You do not need to give lavish presents or money to show your heart. It can be a simple well wish to someone, a hug, or a smile. In our material-driven society, we perhaps have lost the simplicity of the holidays. The roots and heart are the core.
Bring in the heart this season, to yourself, to others, to the Scrooge next door. If you remember that the season is about the red and green of life, the roots and the heart, then your soul may take comfort. Much peace and joy to you during this special season as you go about your holiday routines, visits and moments.
“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.” ~Dr. Suess~
By Jodie Cara Lindley, Astrologer, Shamanic Practitioner, Teacher, Writer