For some the holiday season is a time of joy, family and celebration. It is a time when people gather to honor the year and connect with those that they love. For others, this is a time of deep and profound sadness. A time that feels wrought with pain and suffering from failed relationships, financial challenges, job dissatisfaction and extreme self-worth issues.
I believe that we are all called to an understanding that we are responsible for the conditions and experiences of our lives. If that is true, then we can choose to shift our current reality to one that feels more supportive and expansive. The question is…what side are you choosing to view? This week, let us look at these choices and how they relate to the holidays.
The dictionary defines depressed in the following ways:
- Low in Spirits, dejected
- Suffering from social or economic hardship
If we really look at this, it is about being in the effect of different circumstances. It is about allowing life’s challenges to move us to a state of “feeling” low, unwanted, uncertain and fearful. It is surrendering to the fact that some outside force has power over our state of mind and how we live.
What if that wasn’t true? What if you could actually choose to look at the circumstance and decide to “feel” differently. The lens through which you are looking is based on your familial history, living environments and life experiences. All of these are energy that has been transformed to facts. These facts have no power unless you surrender to the appearance.
The definition of express is as follows:
- To make known or set forth in words
- To communicate one’s feelings artistic activity
- A rapid, efficient system for the delivery
To express then, is to set in motion your feelings, thoughts and gift in a way that moves you forward in ways that are empowering. We can look at the circumstances of our lives and see them as a gift, an opportunity to move into new realms of possibility. Often times, we submerge what wants to be expressed because it is too scary or overwhelming. All that really means is that we have given more attention to the fear than to the faith in our amazing gifts. We can begin to explore that the depression is covering the gifts that want to express and decide to shift our perception into exploring what wants to be expressed.
Here is a tool for you to support you during the holiday season:
First, write down how you feel. Include the sadness, anger, fear, doubt and frustration. Do this without judgment. You are just getting it out of your consciousness. Then, take time to write down all the ways that you LOVE to express. It could be singing, dancing, writing, painting, drawing or just walking in the woods. Now, burn the first list as a symbol of letting go and taking your attention off of the challenge you face. Then, a little bit each day choose to do something that you love to express. Notice how you feel when you express what you love. Notice how you feel when you bring into your awareness the artistry of your creativity.
I invite you this week to affirm the truth of your life daily.
Today, I stand in full recognition that I am a gifted and creative being that has come here to express fully. I open to the possibilities of a powerful life and activate my willingness to receive. Today, I choose to express my greatness.
Cynthia James is a transformational specialist guiding thousands of people to make changes for lasting healing in their lives. Ms James is a speaker, teacher, performing artist and the award winning author of “What Will Set You Free”. Cynthia has facilitated hundreds of workshops, and keynotes; including Celebrate Your Life, Woman Arising, the Gift in Shift, Colorado Behavior Healthcare Council, the Women’s Success Forum, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Detention Facility, and many others. She is the founder of the Cynthia James Support Network; an online support community. Cynthia’s newest book, “Revealing Your Extraordinary Essence”, offers practical tools for self empowerment. www.CynthiaJames.net
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