Ode magazine in an article by Jay Walljasper suggests 12 ways to celebrate an inner Christmas.
Lynn Jericho, a counselor in New Jersey, believes we need to explore the "inner dimensions" of the season. She suggests reflecting a few minutes each day. Here is a way to begin.
What gifts from the universe have you declined to accept or acknowledge?
Think of three people and what you can give of yourself to them.
Think about how humility can become a great source of strength and power to you.
(I just read the book The Lakota Way by Joseph M. Marshall III. It gives wonderful examples of how to use humility for wisdom and strength.)
Make a list of people from whose noble qualities you can learn.
For 12 minutes, simply feel your soul's solidity.
Consider the importance of flow to your well-being and happiness.
Look back at your darkest moments of the last year, and remember what qualities
in yourself and others lit the way for you.
Let an image from the outer world settle in your mind
and write down five thoughts you associate with it.
Reflect on it and how you might transform it.
Pick a recent event and review it in light of various possible emotions
like happiness, anger, and fear.
Celebrate the richness of your imagination.
Hold this vision and then plan tomorrow's activities.
Keep it alive during the day.
Think of yourself as an elder who has learned from the trials
and triumphs of experience. What are some profound lessons?
What ideas, yearnings, themes or insights have come together for you
through the holidays?
Consider all this, and create your own. Each day open a window or drawer of yourself as with an Advent Calendar. We are here to explore and enjoy.