Welcome to the December 2010 issue
of HSP Highlights & Insights
Dear HSP friends and colleagues,
It is with a sense of gratitude that I reach out to you across the miles, the cities, the states and the countries (oh my ! ) I hope you are finding ways to set and maintain loving boundaries, while also enjoying and creating the holidays in your own unique HSP way!
Though it hasn’t always been true, I’ve come to love this time of year. The days are short, the weather is cold and both of these seem to invite me to cozy up to a warm fire, which then seems to draw me into a time of reflection and contemplation.
Whether it is the true meaning of Christmas, the miracle of Hanukkah, the seven principles of Kwanzaa, or a celebration of the return of light with the Winter Solstice, I enjoy contemplating the stories, beliefs and lessons from each of these holiday celebrations, and seeing how they can apply to and enhance my present day life.
I love the symbolism of the season: the Nativity scene, the twinkling lights, the Christmas trees, the Menorah, and the White Christmas we here in Colorado are often blessed with. I love how there is an opportunity to reconnect with friends, acquaintances and loved ones.
Although I have many blessings to be grateful for, I can also become quite nostalgic at this time of year. I can become sad when I think of all the less fortunate people, not only in my own community, but in the world at large. When this happens, I often return to the Meditation of Hope & Love that I created back in 2001. I am happy to be sharing it with you again this year. See the HSP Insight link on the right.
Other “HSP Highlights” in this issue are:
(1) An article entitled: “Changing Lives: One HSP Gathering Retreat at a Time.” It is a report from the 20th HSP Gathering Retreat held in September 2010.
(2) A review of Elaine Aron’s latest book, Psychotherapy and the Highly Sensitive Person.
(3) The dates and places for the 2011 HSP Gathering Retreats. I hope you can plan now to join us at one of these often life changing retreats.
(4) The addition of a few of my favorite past newletter articles, found in the Past Archives link, with more to come.
Here’s wishing you all the love, hope, and joy of this season.