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|THEME OF THE MONTH: Celebrate!
|Quote of the Month:
“Share our similarities, celebrate our differences.”
—M. Scott Peck
|This month's teacher is KATIE!
|In the midst of this bustling holiday season, there always seems to be an ongoing
discordant that dampers the celebratory spirit among those of differing perspectives:
"Happy Holidays" or "Merry Christmas."
Living in NYC, we are surrounded by a global population with Mosques, temples, and
churches across the street from each other. According to the census, our neighborhood is the
most culturally diverse in the world and when walking down the street your ear is treated
to a symphony of languages. However, this diversity is not as prevalent in other US states
or cities and can result in misunderstandings and a lack of respect for those who celebrate
differently. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I was visiting with a family living in a rural
environment with small children. When shown a picture of a Chinese man, the eight-year-old
mentioned that he wasn't an American because he didn't look American. Many Americans
have similar sentiments and are not exposed to other cultures or holiday traditions unless
they travel abroad or make a concerted effort to understand those beyond their immediate
circle. At this time of year, in THIS country, many religions (other than Christianity) are
celebrating holidays and traditions other than the Christian holiday of Christmas. There
are even some sects of Christianity that deliberately do not celebrate this holiday.
When we gravitate towards a belief system, it is easy to attach our ego to it, claiming
that it is the 'right' way or the 'Truth.' We excuse hateful, dismissive behavior claiming
to know what God wants and what is best for others. Imagine if those who are:
*Jewish would only wish you a 'Happy Hanukkah'
*Hindu 'Happy Diwali' *African 'Happy Kwanzaa'
...that all people of faith in this world showed their 'love' for each other by trying to convert
anyone who believed differently from them. Imagine all these people of faith getting annoyed
at each other and feeling threatened when wished something generic like 'Happy Holidays'
instead of their specific celebratory salutation. This holiday season, celebrate YOUR tradition,
whatever it may be, and LOVE your neighbor by honoring their traditions too. If someone
wishes you 'Happy Holidays,' remember that they are not trying to denounce your particular
celebration, but be respectfully inclusive for all those celebrating.
Peaceful coexistence IS possible if we can surrender our ego's
need to feel superior to one another and practice the one great
teaching found at the heart of all religions: LOVE.
|DECEMBER HOLIDAY SPECIALS!
MASSAGE, PRENATAL, GIFTCARDS & YOGA