For many of us, Christmas and its festivities are a paradox, as the original context and intention of this period has changed.
What was once a time for inner movement has now been externalized as an outer material celebration, pushing aside the rich inner world simply to focus on excesses that have taken priority in our modern civilization.
For me, this period is a truly important time—a time when we can powerfully connect to the seasons, the energy behind the seasons and the meaning behind the rhythms that support our process of living. Knowledge and wisdoms that our ancestors honored is now more than ever vital for us all to remember.
Why not balance the outer with the inner to create a whole new perspective and way of being? Why not nurture inner actions rather than focus on external aspects? Why not fill this time with meditation and inner contemplation like nature does during this period of stillness and inner growth?
Winter is the season to prepare for rebirth. We can actively create, grow and harvest anything within. Our bodies instinctively rejuvenate during this period allowing the mind and emotions to become clear of what is not our essence.
During this time of introspection, why not celebrate by focusing on the progress that you have made, the personal issues that you have resolved, the honoring of who you are and your dreams of who you are? At the same time, it is important to look at new ways of exhibiting positive, empowered behaviors. This may initially seem daunting, but with honest and clear words and positive and compassionate actions, you will activate your limitless potential.
Tony Samara, author of “Shaman’s Wisdom,” “From the Heart,” “Different Yet the Same” and “Deeper than Words” was born in England, grew up in Egypt and also in Norway where he discovered the “Zen Buddhist philosophy”. This discovery eventually led him to the Mount Baldy Zen Center in California where he learned the spiritual teachings of “Kyozan Joshu Sasaki.” Curious to further explore the essence of spirituality Samara went to live and learn with shamanic communities around the globe. This includes a period of time spent with highly influential shamans in the Amazon River region and the Andes Mountains. People from all over the world visit Tony Samara for spiritual guidance and experience being in his presence. His main countries of activity are in Europe yet the assistance of the Internet is attracting a global audience through frequent online interviews and live satsangs. His function is as a Spiritual Teacher who encourages all to lead their lives actively in a noble way in order to realize the evolution of human consciousness. Short documentary featuring Tony Samara throughthestaticfilm.com. Contact Tony Samara at [email protected]; Twitter; or Facebook.
Ed: Kevin Macku