Christmas day. I always like to be on my own those big festive days, somehow not entering into the whole commercial hype of it. I like to rest and surrender into the heart. Surrender in the Golden Heart is my deepest longing for Christmas. Looking beyond the religious ceremonies, seeing the pictures of Jesus with the shining heart, shining from inside out…open. It has always engaged my curiosity and been part of my study. I know the capacity of the heart and the extraordinary qualities of the heart, beyond my understanding and yet part of my knowing. This day I surrender all my activity to the stillness and gratitude of all the gifts that I have received. Yesterday my daughter had prepared the most beautiful Christmas eve with candles, food and gifts. She gave beautiful gifts but also very much love and stillness this first Christmas without my dad, her grand father. And a gift from him. It is a miracle and a true gift to be here. Alive and well. One of my grandchildren gave me, so proud of it, a card he had drawn and written himself, 5 years old. The other a candle he had made himself. Beautiful gifts of appreciation. The gratitude of being here, together. Alive and well.
I choose this picture by Sarah Moon, late 60s, of mother and child resting in the heart together to illustrate this Christmas filled with so much beauty.