When I was severely disabled and alone at
Christmas. I found it hard and especially hard for the first few years.
However, I was lucky to have a sense of the spirituality of Christmas.
Christmas is a holy day. It serves to celebrate the birth of Jesus into the world.
If we choose to do so we can also set side this day to celebrate the birth of Christ within each of us.
If God/Love is in all things then God/Love is in you.
If you are alone at Christmas, please consider joining your mind with an attitude of calling peace into your mind and heart and thereby into the world.
When you spend the day with others, there is a risk of getting lost in noise and bustle
(and possible arguments ;-)).
Being alone at Christmas may not be your choice. I am sorry.
But it does give you an opportunity to celebrate the true message of this festive holiday.
Those of us who alone can take time to know on behalf of all of us that ‘God is with us’.
Those of us who alone can take time to know on behalf of all of us that on some leve we cannot be alone because we are ALL ONE.
We find the silence and stillness to hold a vision for the message of Christmas: "peace on earth and goodwill to all men".
Throughout many years of being alone at Christmas, I enjoyed a sense of connection as I joined in mind and spirit with all those around the world who were celebrating peace, love and hope in their own ways.
Now I am back to independent living.
At the time of writing I have a loved one with whom to share Christmas day. I feel grateful.
Yet Christmas day continues to be a quiet day for me and one that includes solitude. It is still a day which prompts me to connect in prayer with people everywhere.
particularly stop and send blessings to those who are either in pain or physically alone as I
If you are alone at Christmas, thank you so much for finding your way to this article.
A big thank you from me for being here.
This is an expanded version of the prayer from the image near the top of the page.
The prayer draws on the story of Jesus' birth and there being no room at the inn.
Sometimes there seems to be no room for my needs to be met
or no room for me to be myself
or no room, no opportunity for me to express my gifts.
But...I am not defined by the way the world treats me
I choose to know that I am of you, and so I am
A GIFT TO THE WORLD.
Sometimes there seems to be no quiet room in my mind - a place in which to 'be still and know you are God'.
Even with the clutter of my thoughts, I know you are HERE.
I ask you to take up space in my mind and my heart.
I choose to believe I will learn to be better at making space for you.
This is my longing. Guide me please.
We have physical as well as
spiritual needs. When I was dependent on carers to look after me, Christmas used to be a demanding time for me. Carers would turn up late or not turn up at all.
I say the following prayer. Please join me.
I ask you to use my mind to enter the lives of those who are vulnerable.
I see people with shelter.
I see people with enough to eat.
I see people with their physical needs provided for.
I see people experiencing kindness from others.
Bless them with many blessings.
I ask you to use my mind to enter the lives
of those who feel called to provide for the vulnerable...
This may be through financial help, by giving their time or physical help or by setting aside the time for prayer.
Thank you for their service.
Bless them with many blessings.
I wrote the spiritual poem below during the years of being severely disabled with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.
The poem refers to the spiritual belief that this world is a dream and that the purpose of life is to wake from the dream into the reality of love.
If the only way you know to join is
to join with other bodies,
then if you are alone at Christmas
you may feel lonely indeed.
But you don’t need to be alone
or share this time with those whose happiness
makes your lack of it seem
Use your mind to send companionship
to others who are lonely and
you are going in the right direction:
Your isolation broken,
you have woken a little from
the bad dream.
It’s OK to feel lonely and miserable at Christmas.
are being blessed by every beneficent thought of any of your brothers anywhere.
You should want to bless them in return, out of gratitude. You need not know
them individually, or they you.”
(T-5.in.3, A Course In Miracles blessing quote)
© Katherine T Owen
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If you are alone this Christmas and wish it was otherwise, you have my sympathy.
Be kind to yourself.
I hope that you will find unexpected riches from spending the day with yourself.
I bless you. Please also bless me :-)
Thank you for reading this article.
And thank you for being here.
With the Love we are
Katherine T Owen, webmaster at www.a-spiritual-journey-of-healing.com
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