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It is the Winter Solstice and It is Christmas and It is Kwanzaa

Christmas is and has always been a deeply holy time for me. I was taught all the good Catholic stories about the baby’s birth, the manger, the three wise men, the shepherds, and the beautiful baby boy, whose life has such incredible meaning. I still am committed to this path.

But as your nutritionist, I must warn you that our lives are now hurtling into the middle of a tsunami! The chaos in our lives and hearts can just feel overwhelming. With Delta and Omicron on the rise, only 5 more shopping days, arrangements for who will see whom this holiday, decorating, cooking, shopping, wrapping, mailing, dealing with work and child care and your boss and other people and dear old Aunt Tilly – it is easy to feel myself in a nightmare of a whirlwind!

Tuesday, December 21, 2021, at 10:59 A.M. EST is the time of the winter solstice this year. This is the beginning of the coldest season of the year. The sun seems to stand still. The days are shorter and darker and the nights are longer and more deeply dark too. Solstice is the shortest day and the longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere.  After winter solstice, the days start getting longer and the nights start getting shorter.

Many cultures, religions and spiritual traditions have honored the winter solstice. Often, this time of greatest darkness has meant that people would gather amongst loved ones and hope – and wait – and watch for the rebirth and return of the sun’s light.

Early pagans had a festival of eating and music and dancing at this time; they thought this might bring the sun back. Early Christians chose to celebrate the birth of Jesus at this time, because the others would not notice their celebration and they could do this safely. Feasts focusing upon gratitude and the offering of gifts have been celebrated for thousands of years at this time

What do you do to celebrate at this time? And what must we do to assure our abstinence during this time? How do we stay on course? My advice to you is to find or create or attend to your spiritual component. In a spiritual sense, no matter your tradition, this is an ideal time to embrace your inner self and reflect on who you are and where you’d like to go. This is a perfect time for reflection, introspection and intention setting. Honor your stillness. Understand your emotions. Look at the spiritual things you need to be doing. What do you need to do to be sure you are solid? Or to make yourself more solid?

In all the chaos you may not find time to do this thoughtfully. Fine. Get a little notebook. Make a list as things occur to you, so later, you can handle your thoughts. Accept that this is a chaotic time. It will not last.

You don’t ever have to relapse again. If you are now in relapse, you can use the spiritual power now available to bring yourself back. If you are in abstinence, you can do whatever you need to do to strengthen your program and maintain it. Ask HP to help.

I think food addiction is a deadly, difficult, demeaning disease and we need to do whatever is necessary to keep ourselves sane and strong in this time. So, what can you do?

Attend to the people you are with. Use your tools on a minute-by-minute basis if you need to be with those who do not support your efforts.

Draw serious loud and clear boundaries with the people who sabotage you. ”No” is a complete sentence. You have my permission to use it daily and repeatedly.

Take time to be in nature. Literally, check the ground, take off your shoes if you like, and hug a tree. With your arms around it, yes! Let all the negative energy go into the tree and harmlessly into the ground. Feel the earth grounding you. Breathe in on four counts, hold for four counts, breathe out on four counts. And do this four times, Now step away. Thank the tree for its service, put your shoes back on, and walk – not fast and only for a few minutes. But notice the beauty around you. See the colors of the leaves, the trees, the sky. Let yourself admire the world that HP has made.

Give gratitude. Thank the people who serve you. Look them in the eye, use their name if you can, and say thank you. Write a thank you letter to three people who have helped you in this last year. Make it be people who do not expect a thank you. Make their day!

Make shopping simple. Order online – TODAY! – or use gift cards. You don’t have time for the mall.

Make plans for a day out -in January – a brunch with people you don’t see often enough, a sister’s spa day, an old-fashioned tea party, or a fishing trip!

Turn off the TV and the cell phone for a few hours and give yourself peace and quiet for an hour – or twelve.

Go to a chapel or church and just sit quietly and talk to The Boss.

Let go of all the hurts and old memories and papers and stuff you no longer need. kiss them good bye and wish them well in their next home.

Make a list – what do you want in the next year? Who do you want to be in December 2022? Who do you want to have in your life?

Give yourself time to rest after the parties are done and reflect on where you have been. Who was the famous person who said, “The unexamined life is not worth living”!

Write me and tell me how it was.

Blessings to you,

Theresa

2 Responses to It is the Winter Solstice and It is Christmas and It is Kwanzaa

  1. Mimi Bassetti December 21, 2021 at 4:31 pm #

    Theresa,
    You are wonderful, reassuring, kind, thoughtful, supportive, knowledgeable … You helped to educate me and change my life in such a positive way. I am forever grateful! I wish you and your family a lovely, restful, joyful Christmas and a healthy, prosperous, purposeful and light-filled new year.
    Sincerely,
    Mimi

    • H. Theresa Wright December 22, 2021 at 12:37 am #

      Mimi: Thank you so much! You have warmed my heart! thank you!
      I am so glad I was able to help you!
      Wishing you a Wonderful Christmas an a new year filled with joy and love.
      Theresa

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