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.

296 thoughts on “What I Love about Christmas

  1. There is something I love about Christmas as well, the lights and the fact that family get together but it is also a day for those with no family where this can be felt in a not so lovely way, but instead where people can feel incredibly alone. The truth is we are never alone and we all are in fact one gigantic family. A great reminder for me about connecting to the stillness within. Thank you.

  2. This blog has spoken something that has been unspoken about Christmas where amongst all the activity, there is a glimpse of how we might choose to live differently, from that foundation of stillness. ‘I wish it could be Christmas everyday’ is I feel sure, much more to do with this, than any giving of gifts.

  3. What if we could feel stillness every day? and this is the choice we have every moment by meeting and living life through our bodies first, and the more we get to know that stillness within us – the more our movements reflect the essence and beauty that we are.

  4. Thank you Anne for sharing a Christmas stillness that can be felt and lived every day of our lives. Choosing to start our day with a connection to our inner stillness before we go into motion brings an easfullness and joy to each and every day.

  5. With Christmas not too far away, I am looking forward to gathering with friends that are family. This is why I like Christmas, but interestingly, this is also something we do regularly, so yes, every day can be like Christmas.

  6. We can connect to stillness at any time. Yet, it is a very beautiful experience to connect to it in contexts and times that invite us to be un-still and when this feeling is highly contagious.

  7. Coming up to Christmas this is great blog for all to read. This is often not the reflection we see around us at this time of year. I started my morning in just the way you speak of here, connecting to the inner stillness, and it changes the quality in every movement thereafter. A great reminder that we can choose this every day Anne.

  8. I love that you point out that there is actually an offering of stillness when it comes to christmas and that this stillness can be always felt and actually lived from and with. Not a once in a year time possibility but a lifelong opportunity.

  9. What I’ve been noticing with the days leading up to Christmas is a beautiful stillness beneath all the hussle of Christmas shopping etc. Could this be because I have not got caught up in it all and am feeling the stillness that is there beneath the sometimes turbulent waters above?

    1. I know what you mean Karin, there is an observation of all that’s going on, rather than feeling caught up and swept along by it.

  10. I had to stop for a moment and notice that ‘Christmas morning stillness’ I used to experience as a kid – where it feels like the whole world is still asleep (apart from us excited kids) is now almost in my every morning. It feels like I’ve been walking past a pot of gold everyday and not taken notice of it or appreciated it. It is very possible that such can be a daily occurrence, this The Way of The Livingness has shown me but until now never really stopped to recognise. Thank you Anne.

  11. Reading this reminded me of the feeling I used to have as a little girl when Sundays came around. In those days all the shops were closed and generally speaking everyone seemed to stay in bed longer and give themselves permission to do what they really felt to and not what they felt obliged to do. I agree though we can allow ourselves stillness anytime, we don’t have to wait for an occasion and for me too going for a walk can bring me right back to a level of stillness that I had left as I got caught up in the machinations of the outside world.

  12. When a certain level of activity ceases at this time of year (work or school for example) – we are given space to reflect, and observe our year, and aspects of our lives we may otherwise not. Some respond to this opportunity, whilst others frantically try to fill it with busyness to not feel what would otherwise be apparent.

  13. There is such a sense of relief in the body once we choose to no longer go with the hype of the commercial Christmas and let ourselves get pulled along with the stress that can occur, which if not careful can leave us feeling exhausted at a time when we would like to enjoy being with our relatives instead of wishing we could sit and veg in front of the telly.

  14. The fact that we notice and even look forward to the stillness on Christmas day shows us just how little stillness we have in the rest of the year. For if we lived according to how you present here Anne, which actually sounds very simple, then we would not need the ‘stop day’ for it would be present every day in everything we do.

    1. Indeed Andrew, and I reckon that many people would find that boring as then every day will be the same without any excitement to live by.

  15. Dear Anne, yesterday was Christmas Day and my friend was visiting and we were swimming in my pool and noticing something different. There was stillness. The purpose was quite clear, people were mostly either at home or driving to visit friends/families/church. The trillion of other activities that humans do (to distract themselves from feeling the stillness!) were not being done so there was stillness to be felt. It was so lovely.

  16. I love how you present there is a possibility for everyone to feel stillness on Christmasday. It can be there everyday, simple and clear but I guess with this stop and in our side of the world, in wintertime, it can be more about connection with ourselves and others just reflecting and appreciating our lives. And stillness is available to us in those times, if we choose so.

  17. If we live from the stillness that is naturally in us all we live life with a quality and grace that is rarely seen in our nowadays societies. Many people live in a rush and in that not in appreciation of that stillness that is held in their body, and by that have introduced a quality of being in their lives that is actually not them that sometimes makes them act in ways we in general do not understand, as how they where able to bring such atrocity and harm to the people involved and to the world.

  18. Stillness is possible for us all, everyday. Christmas provides us the opportunity to feel this, being in brotherhood feeling the Union with everyone we are with. From this union with the all we feel the stillness.

  19. I agree and when I woke up this Christmas you could really feel how still it was, in fact someone made a comment to me along those lines. Just to hear the sound of no sound was almost breath taking. With life becoming busier and busier through the choices we make it’s great to appreciate these moments or times and breath them in. I wonder if this is why so many people look forward to Christmas, because of this stop and in that it’s chosen for them. What if Christmas came more than once, in relation to the stillness part? We should all enjoy and soak up moments to stop like this, it’s very healthy.

    1. Yes whilst we can appreciate a moment that gives us a marker about ourselves, we tend to dismiss these moments rather than cherish them and make them our ‘normal’.

      1. Again highlighting how no matter what time of year or what time of day there is always the opportunity or the choice to stop and feel. We are not shown or supported to merely “appreciate a moment” and if we do we usually have an each way bet, appreciate a little and then make sure we bring it down by being critical as well. It’s ok and in fact totally natural to not be right, because right has a wrong when in fact we are simply always learning and the freedom in that is huge if we can accept it. Our schooling has jammed the right, wrong thing into our expression when it’s simply not true. Don’t fear appreciating a moment fully with no kicker at the end, just leave it in appreciation. Whether this be towards someone, something or yourself, let go and just appreciate and see what this brings. There is a lot to feel and appreciate about Christmas, another day of learning.

  20. What I love about Christmas is that we make room to spend time together but as you say it does not need to be limited to one day a year, as it is possible to live connected and present every day.

  21. So simple. Why wouldn’t we want to start our days like this. it makes sense, and oh boy does it feel so much more enjoyable than the alternative, which let’s face it, has never really worked for us, we’ve possibly just been too stubborn to try anything else.

  22. I’ve noticed a rare quiet and stillness since Christmas day. Fewer people around, a tendency to open up to each other as they meet or pass. Also within myself I have felt a need to go inward, more repose, less activity as I align to this cycle of shorter days and longer nights.

  23. I use to experience tension and uncertainty in the run up to Christmas as I lived by myself with most of my biological family living around the world. True brotherhood strips away identification with single family and connects us all to one universal family. With this understanding and a deeper sense of self, we are never alone.

  24. This blog is a breath of fresh air Anne. I went for a walk on Christmas morning and it felt absolutely beautiful to take in the stillness as I walked past people’s homes. We so rarely stop and take stock of our lives and at this time of year we are given a marker for where we are really at.

  25. It is so true what you share Anne, we can have Christmas everyday if we connect to our stillness at the start of everyday and allow this stillness to be at the foundation of all our activities throughout our days. What a different place our world would be if we all became responsible and made the decision to choose stillness to impulse our way of life.

  26. Great simple blog Anne. I often sense a sadness and disappointment in many people when the Christmas holidays are over and everything is ‘back to normal’. Could it indeed be we connect to something we do not allow ourselves to connect to in our everyday lives, like brotherhood (being together with family and friends and making time for this) and stillness (slowing down, feeling ourselves)?

  27. With the festive season recently over, it is interesting observing the ‘fall out’ of many following this period. Most are just as exhausted, if not more, than they were before the festive season. Unfortunately we have predominantly lost the rejuvenating aspect to connecting with others during this period.

  28. There are some Christmas’s I have really enjoyed and others I have struggled with. It is like on this day I have all these pictures of how it should be- the perfect harmonious family feeling. It is interesting to observe, the day before I may not have any of those thoughts and then come Christmas day, if my life at that time doesn’t match the ‘Christmas picture’ I have observed that I can become more depressed or go hard on myself and just waiting for the day to be over. Too often the pictures get in the way of actually just enjoying the day- like any other day.

  29. I love the practical examples you have shared with regards to reconnecting to the stillness within, especially first thing in the morning being with us, our body and how we feel instead of rushing to get up. Each and everyone of us holds this quality within the WHOLE time, it is always there and never leaves us … more we leave it! Esoteric Yoga is also a great support in reconnecting, allowing and feeling the stillness within.

  30. After what seems a life time of literally throwing my body around by pushing it to keep up with the unnecessarily fast paced world around us I am starting to realise the more I allow myself to be gentle with myself, the more stillness clarity and wisdom I feel, and, the more enjoyable life is.

  31. It’s not really Christmas at all really, it’s the fact that for many they give themselves space at this time of year to actually stop, and in fact we need to incorporate that into our day to day lives and not just one special day.

  32. For me its like there is this reprieve feeling on Christmas day when everything stops and what is important is at the forefront. As I read your blog- I did have the same feeling to go into today appreciating every connection and moment.

  33. I appreciated reading about the simple acts of self care you choose daily to support yourself Anne to stay with your stillness. Easy to do and a great foundation for every day.

  34. I was pondering the other day why I love Christmas and I realise it was the stillness on Christmas Day that I love. I agree with you Anne, that we could connect to stillness every day and not just save it for one day a year but to live it everyday.

  35. It’s true that potential for us to re-connect with the quality of stillness is always there – whether we are at work, at home, in a crowd, on holiday… it is not reserved for special occasions but on offer all the time if we are willing to choose it!

  36. Around the world, different religions and cultures have their own special days reserved throughout the year. And it’s kind of funny how that specialness only applies to those who believe/adhere to whatever they choose to, and only when their doctrine/tradition tells them so. As for me, Christmas was never really any more than a day to get a present and cake. It was not even a public holiday where I grew up. So, I totally agree – there is a possibility for everyone to feel stillness every day.

  37. Stopping to feel where we are at provides an opportunity for ourselves to choose to live in a way that is supportive rather than harming…

  38. It is beautiful to feel how blessed we really are, that in every moment we are offered the opportunity to connect to the stillness that we innately are within, to live in connection to our Soul and be the gift we are to this world.

  39. Wouldn’t it be lovely! I’m really appreciating how much I now realise it’s actually possible to make stillness a part of every day and not something I work forward to for a Saturday in 3 weeks time. It makes an enormous difference when I remind myself that we’re not going anywhere and that just being present is enough and actually so much easier to deal with.

  40. I love Christmas too, I have always noticed how still the streets are, lots of people away and nobody rushing to work, its all through the air, its almost like you can touch it. The way that you have brought this feeling to each and everyday is inspiring, I am still working on fully embracing stillness and so the more I read about people that have, the better.

  41. Taking that stop moment throughout the day is so important in bringing us back to our stillness when we realise we are out, simply coming back to a gentle breath or a walk or whatever it is that brings us back to our bodies to be able to feel the harmony of the stillness within again.

  42. A beautiful and lasting present to give ourselves and all around us to be present with our inner stillness.

  43. We all know what is to live a life in constant motion mood. Yet, this does not mean that we have a healthy and evolving relationship with motion. To be able to have such relationship we need to learn how to relate to stillness too.

  44. I love how much you value stillness, and how you have tools to bring that quality back if you loose it. Stillness is for sure an under valued quality worldwide today, we tend to be great at the activity part of life and not so great at the quality – or stillness.

  45. Hi Anne, this is such a beautiful reminder that we are all be responsible for our own level of stillness.

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