Christmas Eve is magic. Millions of people around the world are turning their thoughts to peace, hope and love tonight and the combined energy of those hearts and minds alone makes this night holy. Ancient legend says that on Christmas Eve, animals talk to humans, sharing their wisdom. It is time to plug into the power of the soul world tonight and draw down some wisdom for you.
From my heart to yours, here is a Christmas Eve meditation.
Mindfully light a candle, preferably white, and place it in front of you. Sit comfortably, with back straight and feet on the ground, or on a meditation cushion or bench. Soften your belly. Gently close your eyes. Take several deep, long breaths to relax your body. Quiet your mind by focusing on the breath for several moments. Let go of any tension in the body – relax your leg muscles, your stomach, your shoulders, your face.
When you feel centered and relaxed, imagine that it is night time and you are walking up a wooded path that gently slopes upward toward the top of a hill. It is a chilly night, but the climb and your warm clothes keep you warm on the inside. You are carrying a lantern that casts a gentle but powerful light, so that you can see clearly the path in front of you and the trees that seem to hug the side of the smooth path you walk. You can’t see where you are going but you keep on, knowing that the climb will be worthwhile and you will be richly rewarded for your efforts. Imagine your slow but steady steps as you climb the hill. Take in the beauty of the safe, still night as you breathe deeply of the forest’s clean, crisp air.
With one more step, you erupt through the woods and arrive at the top of the hill. There is a beautiful wooden bench there, waiting to provide you rest after your long climb. Sit on the bench and rest for a few moments, giving thanks for the climb. When you are ready, look up and search the night sky. Do you see a particularly bright star in the eastern sky? Focus on it for a moment, and appreciate its beauty. As you gaze at the wondrous star, ask yourself the following questions and listen intently to the wisdom that comes to you, either through your knowing, your hearing, your sight or your feeling:
- What am I grateful for this Christmas Eve? What blessings can I appreciate?
- What are my visions for myself and my loved ones? What good do I wish to manifest in my life during the coming year?
- What are my hopes for this earth and all my sisters and brothers on it? What are my blessings for everyone?
Linger on the hill top until you hear or know the answers, then gently pick up your lantern and slowly descend, following the beautiful and peaceful path. When you are ready, open your eyes, take a deep breath and smile. You may wish to write down the answers that you received on the hilltop.
Blessings to you on this holy Christmas Eve.