During a full week of hosting and attending multiple holiday seasonal gatherings, it's easy for me to start feeling overwhelmed. To counteract this feeling, I do my best to pause throughout the day, to breathe quietly and embrace the gift of the Precious Present. As I do so, I often find myself humming snippets of "The Reason for the Season" - which is the song I wrote several years ago specifically for this purpose.
Last Sunday in the Circle, Sarah sang a particularly lovely version which I'm sharing with you here. You can click on video link above to hear it, or perhaps simply read the lyrics below. In any case, I wish you rich blessings for the Holiday Season, and hope that you, too, will find time(s) to stop and savor the Precious Present.
THE REASON FOR THE SEASON
The Reason for the Season can't be wrapped in pretty paper
or tied up with a ribbon into a perfect bow
you won't find it in the tinsel hanging high up in a treetop
or at a dinner party with candles all aglow
Because the Reason for the Season doesn't stay in far-off places
nor wait for the Wise Men to arrive out of the East
no the Reason for the Season is much closer than imagined
it's as simple as remembering to feel your heart at Peace.
No the Reason for the Season can't be bought by going shopping
or dropping a few quarters in some sidewalk Santa's pot
and you probably won't find it writing cards or baking cookies
or giving to the homeless, who have less than what you've got
For the Reason for the Season can't be found in piles of presents
or baked inside a turkey or a slice of pumpkin pie
no the Reason for the Season is really rather simple
it's the Light of Love rekindled in the hearts of you and I.
Hark the Herald, angels sing, glory to the Newborn King
In the Little Town of Bethlehem and in your hometown, too
As the Child was born of Mary and the Buddha born in silence
and the dawn is born in darkness, may the Light be born in You
in me and you
With joy and blessings to you and yours,