It is that time of year again, folks- the time when we all are scurrying about town trying to find the perfect gift for our loved ones. Here are the items I do NOT want for Christmas:
1. A foot spa. Way more mess than de-stress.
2. Any bath product/makeup gift set that was purchased at a drug store/Wal-Mart while you were on your aspirin/cheetos/shaving cream/extra twinkly Christmas lights run. These lotions smell like depressed middle aged women, and sort of make me feel like an afterthought.
3. Anything the Kardashians have endorsed.
4. Any gift basket filled with sausage and cheese.
6. Glass figurines of any kind. Those will never have a place in my home.
7. Any CD on which Barry Williams is a featured artist. Although I do have an appreciation for novelty albums from the 1980's featuring washed-up television stars, but Barry Williams is a little too much for me.
I was just reading a blog that Jason Mraz posted recently (which inspired the creation of today's post) and it got me feeling spiritually awakened. About a year ago, he got a tattoo on his arm that reads "Be Love". He is all about this idea of being "Love Itself" and not waiting for it to show up (a concept he first learned about at the beautiful Cafe Gratitude in San Francisco). This is a concept found in many eastern religions and one that I think needs to be more widespread here.
It seems to me that if we all just focus on being love ourselves, all the things that bother us about others will disappear. Jason cited the example of the fact that we often beat ourselves up over something we think we heard. Say you’re driving and your passenger yells “BRAKES!” to avoid disaster. Sometimes we hear that as, "YOU CAN’T DRIVE!" It’s common to interpret in that manner. It happens all the time. We apply meaning in ways that make situations much more difficult to deal with. If we can learn to "Be Love", maybe we won't internalize so much or so often. This is the perfect time of year to start with this new mentality. What ways are you all "being love"?