Essentially Holy Days
Essentially Holy Days is a six-week journey into and through the winter holiday season. We start the Sunday of Thanksgiving week and run through the New Year. We’ll learn about essential oils as we focus our thoughts on gratitude, goals, giving, introspection, self-love, and a new beginning.
The idea of this program is to navigate the winter holy days in the spirit of these celebrations. It’s a way of countering the commercialism and the chaos and stress that characterize this period of time. We focus on the enduring truths and deeper meaning of the holidays.
This program is a quiet little one. There are no readings or demands. We will simply form a Facebook community that is supportive and encouraging. There will be inspiring images and quotes and musical recommendations. You’ll have a space to be in and share in and communicate in.
We will also learn about the particular essential oils that are relevant to each week’s topic. Frankincense and Myrrh — we associate these essential oils with the holiday season because of their significance as gifts to the baby Jesus. Clove, Cinnamon, Nutmeg season our apple cider and egg nog.
These and many other essential oils have wondrous spiritual, emotional, and physical benefits. Over a period of six weeks, we’ll explore the magical effects of essential oils as we venture into a deeper connection with the true spirit of the season.
Week 1: Gratitude
Gratitude is the hallmark of the winter holidays. We’ll note our blessings during this first week of our journey together. We’ll also get to know one another by discussing various questions pertinent to our topic in a special Facebook group dedicated to this program.
Week 2: Goals
This week we’ll establish our goals for the coming weeks. These goals will revolve around four key areas: spiritual practice, friends and family, work, physical well-being. We’ll share these goals with one another and continue posting our progress, our struggles, our triumphs to the group.
Week 3: Giving
Giving without thought for self and reward is powerfully loving and kind. Monetary value is often meaningless in true generosity. A warm smile, a quiet thank you, a helping hand — these are often the most cherished gifts of all.
Week 4: Introspection
The holidays can be overwhelming physically and emotionally. There’s so much to do, so much to eat, so much bustle. It’s easy to get caught up in the maelstrom to the detriment of one’s health and one’s self. We’ll focus a bit on introspection to counter these outside forces.
Week 5: Self-Love
Charity begins at home is an old truism. It’s worth noting that ‘charity’ used to have the meaning of ‘love’. Until we can love ourselves unconditionally, we can’t truly love others. We’ll take time for ourselves to care for our own needs and to value our own worth.
Week 6: A New Beginning
Week 6 is the week of the New Year. What do we want the New Year to be? And how do we want to be in the New Year? Many people like to make New Year’s resolutions. It’s a time-honored and useful tradition. I like to do that myself. We’ll share our thoughts about the New Year and ourselves in it.
The program starts on Sunday, November 19, 2017. The program is entirely online, so you don’t need to worry about time and place. We’ll have a private Facebook group where people can share.
Cost of Participation
The cost of participation in this six-week program is only $27. Simply click the “Buy Now” button below to register. If you have any questions, call me at (781) 608-6462. I’ll be happy to take your call personally. I hope to see you in our Facebook group. We’ll approach the winter season with warm hearts and helping hands within a community of supportive people.