holidays + celebrations

Today is the Winter Solstice in my corner of the world.

We are wrapping things up in my Slow Holidays program and in our “online retreat space” (aka our email inboxes) my beautiful friend and colleague Rev. Hannah Grace of Grace Ceremonies is sharing with us about being fully present in each day’s “moment of glory,” a practice she learned from her beloved father.

Rev. Hannah describes moments of glory as those – often fleeting – moments where we are awake and present to the beauty and perfection around us.

Today, I wanted to share some of Hannah’s beautiful photography with you, some of her moments of glory, with my heartfelt wishes that you are able to be present in the coming days and experience your own moments of glory.

Many Blessings,

Rev. Erin

 

 

 

 


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My moments of glory, each a pause to marvel at the beauty of this precious life.

~Rev. Hannah Grace // Grace Ceremonies

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1 – much needed rain…savoring yellow, orange, ocher and brown…concentric circles rippling out

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2 – gifts from my daughter, proudly presented at the end of our hike

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3 –color, texture, shape…symmetry

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4 –on my favorite trail with a few of my favorite things…moss, ferns, afternoon sunlight

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5 – perfect color palette…fall in new england…returning to the earth

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6 – little traveler…spiral…shadow

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7 –husband and daughter…wonder…perspective…mirror.
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Thank you, Rev. Hannah.
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We’re winding down in Slow Holidays, my annual online holiday retreat, but I have all the emails archived and ready to be enjoyed in your own time and in your own way, if you’d like.

The suggested offering is “pay-what-you-can” and you can register to give yourself the gift of Slow Holidays 2016 right HERE. Happy Solstice, friends. xoxo ~Rev. Erin

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On Solstice Eve

by eringoodman on December 20, 2014

in holidays + celebrations

 

I am wishing you light + peace and gentle moments with those you love.

Thank you for sharing 2014 with me.

Love + Light . . .

 

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Ahhh. The holiday season. The most wonderful time of the year.

Family gatherings. Gift giving. Twinkle lights.

There is something very magical about this time of year, no matter how old you are.

But unfortunately for many of us, it is also the most stressful time of the year.

Travel. Entertaining. Holiday spending. Family expectations.

The holidays can be downright overwhelming and exhausting.

This year I want to help you to have a different holiday experience, to consciously choose and create just how you will celebrate.

Enter Slow Holidays: An Online Holiday Retreat

My intention with this Pay-What-You-Can online program is to help you to create more of the moments that matter most during this holiday season and to give you a quiet space and supportive community to retreat into during the month of December.

Those of you who have participated in my past online programs know that this will be a gentle experience and will not in any way add to your holiday to-do list. This program will do the exact opposite. It will guide you to identify what is most important to you and to set clear intentions for how you want to experience the holiday season, while celebrating the small, daily moments.

Similar to my Planting the Seeds online workshop, this program will run for three weeks (starting December 1) and I will create a video centering / lesson for you each week. We will culminate with a virtual gathering (via telephone) on Monday, December 22.

It’s going to be a gentle and wonderful experience and I do hope you’ll join me.

 

Click the image above or right HERE for more details and to register for this Pay-What-You-Can program!

 

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#slowholidays

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When I walked into Walmart a couple of weeks ago to get Halloween candy and passed Christmas trees and lights, I shook my head in disgust.

I remember once upon a time when the (retail) Christmas season began the day after Thanksgiving.

(And I still felt I was being rushed.)

It’s not that I’m a Scrooge or am anti-Christmas, at all — it’s just that there’s so. much. pressure. during the holiday season and it seems to start earlier and earlier each year.

Last year, I launched #slowholidays, a social-media-based project to help me and others slow down and enjoy the simple moments with loved ones, to remind ourselves that racing around and being stressed is not what the holidays are about (regardless of your spiritual beliefs).

And this weekend, as Christmas carols took over yet another of my favorite radio stations, I decided that it is time to officially kick off the (slow) holiday season.

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The Slow Holidays Rules: There are none.

Really.

This project is about slowing down and enjoying the holidays in whatever way works for you.

I’ll be sharing my photos on Instagram (I’m @eringoodman) and also linking to my Facebook and Twitter accounts using the hashtag #slowholidays but you can play along any way you’d like.

The point is not to get angry and fight against the retail and Martha Stewart induced Christmas machine, but to remember that we can take a breath and turn our attention to the people we love and the experiences that can not be bought or sold. And to capture these moments as unobtrusively as possible, while we remind ourselves that we get to choose how we want to experience the holidays.

What do you think? Are you ready to kick off YOUR slow holiday season with me?

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Please help me spread the word to others who may be interested by sharing this post using the buttons below. You can also grab the #slowholiday button to the left and add it to your own blog with a link to this post if you’d like.

Thank you.

 

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#slowholidays

by eringoodman on December 27, 2012

in energy management, holidays + celebrations, peace, photography

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“Uh, Lily. We have a situation out here. Mama is lying on the floor with her hands over her face,” Quinn calls into the bedroom.

I wave an arm to signal that I am okay, giggling at the absurdity of the scene, and whisper to my children to brush their teeth and pick out books.

And I breathe, right there on the hallway floor, slowly and deliberately taking inventory of all the blessings in my life, until the overwhelm begins to melt away and I can think clearly once again.”

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I wrote these words just over a year ago, in a moment when I had hit the wall of exhaustion and complete holiday overload.

(You can read the full post HERE.)

It was also in that moment — right there on the floor of our hallway — that I promised myself that I was going to do things very differently this year.

I had no idea exactly what this year’s holidays would look like, but I knew I wanted December to feel softer, more spacious, and less frenetic.

I wanted to be present with my family (really present) and enjoy the small, beautiful moments — not just barrel through a ridiculously long to-do list and collapse in exhaustion at the end of each day.

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As December approached this year, I noticed the familiar tightening in my stomach and tension in my jaw starting to build.

I felt the pull to pick up the pace, burn the candle at both ends and do more.

And as the pressure built around and inside me, I consciously and gently dug my heals into the sand and said:

“No, thank you. I know where that path leads. I’ve been there too many times. That is not what I want for myself or my family.”

In early December I told you how I was feeling and how challenging the holiday season is for my sensitive soul (blog post HERE) and as it turns out, many of you were feeling the same way.

And so #slowholidays was born.

As I write this there are over 220 photos in the #slowholidays collection on Instagram. Photos, from all over the world — of tender moments, sweet surrender, and continual refocusing on what is most important.

Today I am sharing my #slowholidays journey, which was a deep and powerful experience for me.

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#slowholidays and Sandy Hook

The world changed in the middle of this project.

Like many of you, I am still processing the horror of the Sandy Hook tragedy and have not found peace or made any more sense of it than you have.

But one thing that I saw everywhere I looked on December 14 and every day since is that in an instant we all became better parents.

More patient. More present. More focused on what is really important.

I also felt a collective sigh of letting go. Of the rules, the shoulds, the have-to’s of the holidays.

We refocused on connection, intimacy, community and love.

This is one of the small rays of Light from that dark day that I have been focusing on and breathing into.

Slowing down this holiday season really helped me with this.

Click the image above (or right HERE) to join me on my #slowholidays journey.

 

Did you participate in #slowholidays (publicly or privately)? Or slow down and focus mindfully in another way during this holiday season? I’d love to hear your thoughts on the experience. Please share links to photos or blog posts or share your reflections in the comments.

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