Centered, grounded, and at peace, I shuffled Graciella’s oracle deck and asked what message is it that she wants us to receive this week. I have to admit that I was imagining images of celebrations, toasts, and other such holiday festivities. Instead, I pulled the Health/Salud card.
Graciella doesn’t caution us against joining in the season’s merrymaking. She is reminding us to take care of each aspect of ourselves that together creates our well-being. Health maintenance is different for each of us. Who of us finally have the week off for the holiday and we end up taking to our beds in exhaustion? I hear teachers complaining constantly of getting colds and other germy-germ maladies that they say are unavoidable because of the kiddies who share little bacterium with each other. There has to be someway to deter the illnesses.
Handwashing? Vitamin C? The B Vitamins? Maybe it’s a low thyroid function or allergy that is to be blamed. Go in deep. Ask your provider. What is it? There comes a time that we must assess our practices and get an objective point-of-view on what’s really happening.
Graciella speaks; I channel her words and sentiment- Theresa
It may not be that a person is generally immuno-suppressed. It may be a depression that keeps us on the dysphoric and sickly side. Social anxiety in the time of wassailing can knock us off our feet. Sometimes it’s hard to tell what is what. I do know that I cannot heal myself. If I could, I would be in perfect health all the time.
Is my heart hurting? Am I in chronic grief? Is that why I’m lying in bed with the curtains drawn against the sun’s healing rays? The holiday season began for many of us, not all, in November on the Thanksgiving holiday. Overeating, overdrinking, overdoing it with family members who are separate most of the year for good reason may be the culprits of why by now some of us are ready to collapse in exhaustion.
Take some time to unplug, meditate, take a leisurely or brisk walk, or decide to go to the gym as usual before going to a planned affair. We get out of our patterns at holiday time. We can become harried, sad, rushed, annoyed, and our managers remind us that we should have asked for the two days after Christmas off in July. Oops, yes, that too.
Be as kind to yourself as you are to the adult or children that you combed the entire couple of square acres of Herald Square in search of the right gift. Give yourself love, pampering, vitamin C, clean white sheets on your comfy bed, and a hug before you go to bed and again when you wake up. Remind yourself how much you love you.
Theresa and Graciella