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A Hug for You at Christmas

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We hug you a Merry Christmas!

We hug you a Merry Christmas!

Like Snoopy, I had to wear a winter toque and scarf when I went for a walk with my lovely wife this afternoon. As it is Christmas tomorrow, we are taking the time to connect to as many of our friends and family as possible in order to make sure they all know that we care about them.

For those we meet face-to-face, there are hugs given out free, the kind of hugs that lets you know you’ve truly been hugged from the bottom of the other’s heart. For those who are at a distance, the hug is virtual and can best be represented in an image such as this.

Once Christmas has passed, I hope to come here a bit more often with something worth saying and hearing.

Christmas is a time for being present in spite of what popular media wants us to believe. The true gift of Christmas for me tells me that the gift of the present, being present, is the greatest gift. To get lost in the past only leaves me depressed regardless whether those memories are positive or negative, because the now is not considered as having any value. If you and I can be truly present in spite of the conditions found in our present situations, we are gifted with what our time and place and circumstance can bring to us. It might not feel the most comfortable, but the courage to be present if vital.

I want to bring a few words from Pema Chodron to think about this Christmas:

This very moment is the perfect teacher, and it’s always with us – just seeing what’s going on – that’s the teaching right there. We cam be with what’s happening and not dissociate. Awakeness is found in our pleasure and our pain, our confusion and our wisdom, available in each moment of our weird, unfathomable, ordinary everyday lives.

With this hug from me to you, I do hope you will accept the gift, the present that being present at Christmas has to offer you. With love from me to you at Christmas and everyday.

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Written by Robert G. Longpré

December 24, 2013 at 3:16 pm

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  1. I hope your day is wonderful, Robert……thank you.

    Scott

    December 25, 2013 at 8:53 am


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