Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Gail Bussi, author of the new Enchanted Herbal.
Let's face it: life is not always easy even at the best of times, and given the uncertainty and change we have all been experiencing in the past year, it's not surprising that many of us are feeling more stressed, anxious, and fearful than ever before. With the coming of the holidays, we all can do with a little calming magic! This is why I have developed what I call a "tranquility tool kit" to help us feel a little better; gentle self-care and support are always important, of course, but in the midwinter season perhaps more so than ever!
These simple-to-make products all contain essential
Yesterday I wrote a summary on the books in the self help, healing, and spiritual development categories that came out in 2012. There were three in particular that I wanted to touch on a bit more as we head deeper into this holiday season: Our Children Live On by Elissa Al-Chokhach, Forever With You by Patrick Mathews, and By Morning's Light by Ginny Brock. These titles focus on bereavement and afterlife. Why these titles? Why now?
I've heard year after year how the holidays are often the most difficult time for those who've lost loved ones. With the death of my sister earlier this year I'm learning first hand how very true this is. While the daily pangs eventually subside and "it
December is truly my favorite month! I love the sights. I love the smells. Even the sounds of music and ringing bells that I've heard every year before don't get old. The sense of magic I felt as a kid flutters back to life as new traditions are made and old ones are celebrated.
One of these traditions is the year review that begins as I write my holiday letter. What did I do this year and where has life taken me? What did I love, lose, and accomplish? Often I'm left amazed at everything that's transpired in the course of twelve months! From that jumping off point I take another step and write down my goals for the year ahead. By the time I'm done I feel like I know myself a little