The run-up to Christmas can be a tender time for our hearts. There might be no experience more exquisitely painful than that procured by being unable to reach the “magic” being piped relentlessly through every shop speaker and flashed across every screen. The experience that everywhere we turn there is a Christmas we cannot have can bring intense suffering.
As a mentor, I see a lot of people struggling at this time of year, and in full disclosure, I have to work extra-closely with my own heart in this season too. In acknowledgement of how important and wonderful it is when we share our strategies in this journey of the heart that is being human, I reached out to my community here in Brisbane, Australia, to ask them how they look after themselves and others and address the challenges of the season.
I believe the most meaningful work we do is when we share and connect in honest ways. What follows is a selection of strategies from real humans who have found ways to care for the aches in their hearts around the holiday season.