Friday, December 4, 2009

Celebrate the Light

'Must be captivated by the light. Always the light. Always."
Christopher Plummer from The Lake House.

It's that time of the year. Where the mad dash for presents,
parties and decorating homes gets turned up to the max.
Before you lose yourself in the madness, go back to the

All the holidays in this season celebrate light in one
form or another. Use this as a guide to get back to
your center and stay grounded.

Here are some ways to celebrate the season and
yourself with light.

1) Savor the sunrise or the sunset. Take time
to watch the sun's movements and how it makes
you feel

2) Buy inexpensive tea light candles. After
sunset, light a candle. You can rub a nice
oil on it as well. I like to use rose oil.
Put it somewhere you can see it. Say a prayer,
share something you thankful or happy
about while you the candle burns.

3) Decorate your bedroom or other parts
of your house with Christmas or what I like
to call faerie lights. Turn them on and
see how your rooms glow.

4) Visualize yourself being in your
favorite sunny place for five minutes.
Feel the sun on your skin, the scents in
the air and the sounds around you.

5) Track the light growing. When the Winter Solstice
comes on Dec 21st it heralds winter's beginning.
Sunlight returns back to us a little bit every
day. Making our days longer again.

I hope these tips can help keep you for a few
moments grounded, present and serene during
the holidays.



Elisa Day said...

Yes another lovely post! I love to have alot of candles burning in december. I live close the arctic circle and now In december its almost dark 24 hours a day. I hope you have a nice weekend. I will light and extra candle for your beautiful blog

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

I also love lighting a bazillion candles this time of the year!

I have to say, your new photo reminds me SO MUCH of Kim Myles on Myles of Style LOL.

Suzie Ridler said...

Beautiful Shell, thank you for the reminder! I can not wait for the return of the light. I'm thinking of getting fairy lights for my crafts room, might help me work during all this darkness. Thanks for the reminder and enjoy the winter solstice!

Chrissy said...

Good ideas! Also, I think that it just takes a look into your loved ones eyes and that would definitely bring one back to what is important...

Harnett-Hargrove said...

I just tripped down your page. What a wonderful blog you have! And, a beautiful smiling face!!! -Jayne

A Whimsical Girl Named Debbie said...

Such a lovely post, Shell! Like your new pic, too! Thank you bunches for dropping by GirlWhimsy. Your visits always bring a smile to my face. Have a whimsical weekend, sweetie! Stay warm!

Caroline said...

Oh thank you for these tips... I will find the light this season.

Don said...

We put up our tree today and added some Christmas candles to the mix and, coupled with the light snow we received yesterday evening, I must say, it definitely speaks of the season.

Her Speak said...

Mmmm, I already feel glowy and toasty. Thank you for sharing these beautiful thoughts with us! I hope you're reveling in the light of the season too, Miss Shell. :)

Much Joy, Many Blissings~*

Keith said...

Hey there. How are you today? I hope you've been enjoying the weekend. Take care. Have a great week ahead. Cheers!

Tom Bailey said...

You have a very uplifting vibe to your blog and it is very nice to read. The ideas you share are GREAT!

Thanks for sharing

Genie Sea said...

Great tips Shell! Thank you :)

Christina said...

i have the sweetest lights, all over my bedroom.

Rose - The Center of My Self said...

Such lovely thoughts of light and lightness, Shell! For me, there is no madness in Christmas, no stress, no worry. I do what gives me joy and nothing else. Candlelight is definitely one of those things that give me joy and make me smile.

Laurel said...

Thank You Sweetie- I am going to take ALL of the ideas. this old Mama-needs them . I appreicate your quest for all things centered and grounding.
You know I love the twinkle:)
Love to you my special friend.

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