I find it fascinating that Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and the Winter Solstice are all significant days of reverence, and have something to do with light (or the lack thereof). So no matter what belief you ascribe to, there is something special about this time of year that goes very deep. I remember as a kid being torn away from the weeklong post-Christmas toy extravaganza to go to church on New Year's Eve. Sitting on a rock hard pew for hours waiting for the stroke of midnight while being lectured to about the exploits of people who passed away long ago was at the bottom of my list of things to do as a 12-year-old. In fact, church as a whole was a challenge for me - sometimes I listened to the minister, but mostly it was a back and forth between doodling on the program and struggling to keep my sleepy head from rolling over and slowly crushing my little brother.
Even though being a life-sized bobble head doll for 2 hours was rough on my neck, I always felt different after church. I always said I felt "clean", but maybe "lighter" is a better description. Many of my acupuncture clients leave saying similar things - Calm. Peaceful. Lighter. Clearer. I think there is something to be said about forcing yourself to sit still and be quiet for a while. Something inside shifts; the spirit (which I like to think of as the tiny piece of God you carry around with you at all times) gets a chance to renew, or re-center, or whatever it is spirits do. Whether it's listening to quiet music at home on a cold rainy day, spending an hour at a place of religious worship, chillaxin' in a recliner for some acupuncture, or sitting next to a lake or stream for a bit, take some time to be still this month and see what lies inside. Happy Holy Days, and may they help you be more whole and well.