What I Love about Christmas

by Anne Malatt, Australia

What I love about Christmas is the stillness.

I love the feeling that we have stopped for a day to spend time with ourselves and with those we love.

Of course, there is often a frantic rush to do things before and after, and for many even during Christmas day, but it feels like there is a possibility for everyone to feel stillness on this day.

What if we could feel stillness every day? 

What if this was a natural way to feel the essence of who we are?

What if we could allow ourselves to feel this way, every day?

I have found that if I start the day in stillness, before I go into motion, my day flows much more harmoniously. When I wake, I lie in bed and feel how I am. I make sure I am fully present in my body before I get up and move. This way, my movements are much more gentle and loving and confirm the living stillness that I am.

If I lose it, I stop and return to this feeling of stillness as soon as I realise I am struggling. I focus on breathing gently until I can feel my stillness again. If I can’t feel still, I go for a gentle walk until I can.

I have learnt this way of being through the work of Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine.

If I live this way, every day can feel like Christmas.

337 thoughts on “What I Love about Christmas

  1. If we treated every day as important as Christmas day or even New year’s day I wonder how different our day would feel and play out.

  2. It seems to me you are describing a quality, or a beautiful moment that’s possible every time we have our standards in line. These days like Christmas, or whenever, are amazing for us to experience what could be possible if we make that quality our standard everyday. That life becomes an amazing discovery of what it takes to feel that amazingness every day.

  3. The relationship between stillness and space is very very close, they both feel absolutely gorgeous inside and developing these into our everyday lives rather than once a year, or specific time, is such an important aspect to in-joying life. It transforms my perception and feeling about everything.

  4. “What if we could feel stillness every day?” Anne you answered your question very beautifully and also for me very inspirationally. The question I now have is – why is it that so many people do not know the power of stillness?

  5. Sometimes it is like the Christmas period brings us a stop moment and supports us to reflect on life and connect with each other more deeply. When we do this we are brought into a period of grace and appreciation and this brings an honouring and type of movement that gives more space.

  6. It is an amazing realization that we can feel a certain way, not because the day is special or any different, but because of what we are choosing for ourselves.

  7. This is exactly what I loved about the Christmas we just had. I felt stillness and allowed myself to be in that, to let the days unfold and to flow with them. Since then and since being back at work I’ve felt the acute difference between how I am most of the time. So what I loved about Christmas was the moment to pause and reflect and then to take that with me.

  8. A very great point you make here Anne, is how different the world feels on Christmas day, when we all stop and generally are more still. This highlights how our collective movements impact our self-created world in which we live, starting with how each and every one of us, with how we are choosing to live and the responsibility the we all have to make a huge difference in how the world is shaped through our everyday living.

  9. I was out at work this morning at 7am on Christmas day – the Stillness was tangible as it is most early mornings. How I live – rushed and drained or connected and vital allows me to be aware of this stillnes in the mornings or not. The Stillness is always there but it’s my choices that allow me to feel it or not.

    1. Great point Leigh. We are only affected by outside influences if we have not connected to the stillness we naturally are.

    1. There is nothing like a blanket of snow to stop everything… the roads are less busy, people pay attention and rug up more, and the quality in the air is pure stillness. A great marker of a stillness that is available to us inside always.

    1. Yes.. always our choice in every moment: align to the stress and chaos in the world, or come back to our inner stillness, always residing within and readily available any time we choose to connect to and feel it – and bring more of that quality to the world, instead.

  10. When we stay in our essence, living our true qualities, christmas can be a glorious time, as can every day. Reconnecting to the stillness within allows for our reconnection to our essence too.

  11. I feel like Christmas could be a brilliant time for real rejuvenation, most people naturally have time off work, so what a great time to really take the time to care deeply for ourselves, rest, revitalise and appreciate everything that’s happened this year.

  12. Christmas can be a truly beautiful time of catching up with others we haven’t connected with for a while. A good opportunity to put aside the mundane and enjoy each others company.

  13. Christmas does not have to feel the way we are fed it feels like—mad rush, non stop festivities and indulgences of Food, emotions and attachments. Christmas is only this when we are this in our making already. So Christmas can be a whole different way and/or reflection if we change how we live.

  14. Thank you Anne for your words about connecting to your body and stillness before you start the day and begin moving. Our days can be transformed by staying connected to and moving in our stillness.

  15. So it is not actually the day, it is what the day offers which is a reprieve from the craziness we have called normal!! It is the stillness of less motion on our streets and in shops. It is also, possibly, the opportunity for re-connecting with people and that can be a good and a bad thing as all our past choices will be in our faces. This simple day is a snapshot of something so much bigger isn’t it?

  16. Many people call Christmas the silly season and as it draws ever so close it’s interesting to note the change in the energy of shopping centres and the real drive and tension in the air a this time. To be able to observe what os going on and re-connect to the stillness within our bodies is a marvellous way to explore a whole new take on Christmas and then extend that to our everyday. Movement is amazing and once connected to how we move even in the simplest of ways, can then expand our awareness of how our days then follow and support us to be in every moment.

  17. Hi Anne, yes, I agree your Christmas theory as every new day presents a new opportunity to strengthen and deepen our relationship with the stillness that resides within enabling us to bring it to every moment and establish an ever deepening consistency.

  18. Everyday can feel like Christmas if we connect to who we truly are. Our connection then grows and this can be shared with all others and we can love equally all people around us if we gather with them or not. A purposeful living that is expansive in many many ways and not limited to one or two days.

  19. Christmas in the Northern hemisphere, especially when fresh snow has fallen, can be awe-inspiringly still and convey a taste of the delicious stillness we all have inside of us.

  20. Yes, it is also like this when there is snow and all the ground is white. Everything slows down and people seem to have more time to connect to each other. Our lives can run at a ridiculously fast and furious rate with increasing pressure to hit targets. To have a moment to just be, without all the doing to meet outside demands, gives us all a taste of how life could be very different.

  21. I feel this way too about Christmas. There can be such a hype which can take us away from this pause moment on offer. Yet if we take it, it’s like a moment where the whole country and beyond is just taking a moment to stop, connect with loved ones and take a break from the momentum we may have been running in. Quite a beautiful offering.

  22. I loved reading some for the previous comments of feeling the stillness by not eating breakfast in a hurried way, if breakfast sets your day, how you eat breakfast or anything we eat also sets your day too.

    Stillness ought be felt in our everyday not just for weekends or public holiday, its as if we give ourselves permission during those extra days off and not the others.

  23. When we stop and feel the stillness we have from within there is an inner calm, it gives us space to evaluate things, to feel what is going on, and most of all to enjoy life even the smallest of things can bring a smile to our face, we don’t need Christmas when everyday can be filled with such beautiful moments, that we so often miss because we are too busy in the distraction of life.

  24. All I want for Christmas is… stillness. I agree Anne, I love the feeling of stillness at that time also, and on other public holidays, and even on weekend days. It’s utterly beautiful. As you say, we can make our every day a holiday… a holy-day… a stillness day.

  25. The profound teaching in this blog is – there does not exist something as Christmas. Huh, what? Yes, in fact the ancientness does exist and the stillness can be observed and deeply felt. But it is us that is paying more attention and present conscious thinking to Christmas. So we can see it is our choice how much of that stillness, that togetherness we take out of the shelf, and when , how and how much. Christmas is in fact a symbol of having the opportunity and possibility to bring all of that alive in all those 364 days the rest of the year..So, what is Christmas truly reflecting us? That we can live all that brotherhood & togetherness, stillness and magic of God – everyday.

  26. Something that helps me to keep stillness in my day is not eating breakfast, most mornings in the past I eat breakfast in a rushed and hurried manner, this quality is then with me throughout the day. I now choose to not do this and my day flows in a more purposeful flow.

    1. So true Samantha. Not having breakfast makes me more aware of my body, I never quite know why but it seems to be more communicative with me when I eat lightly and have a good gap between dinner and breakfast. When I listen to my body I find that I eat less and when I do eat I eat well and the stillness Anne talks of is more palpable as my ‘normal’.

  27. Very true Anne, Christmas can be a stop moment for people where they spend quality time with loved ones and enjoy and appreciate the year they have had – I agree this is something we can begin to live everyday not just one day of the year.

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