By KM Huber
I find it easier to refer to this time of the year as “the giving season.” That way it includes all traditions as well as their unique celebrations and observances. I like to think less about the labels of those specific traditions and more about the warmth of the season.
Mostly, labels exclude as well as identify—they play a necessary part in our lives—sometimes, we come to rely on labels as finite when in reality, they are not.
The “giving season” is a time of celebrating relationship, perhaps the only label that really is finite. After all, no matter where we are, we are always in relationship.
The miracle of always being in relationship is the realization that we do not reside separate from the world around us–ever. Rather, we are that world always.
The flower is aware of the fact that it contains everything within it, the whole cosmos, and it does not try to become something else.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Here we are as humans, having this remarkable experience as sentient beings, born with this and without that but physically, each of us travels the life cycle from two major states, birth and death. What happens in-between those two events is the unique, individual experience of you and me.
It is this experience that existence is having through each one of us. After all, everywhere we go there we are as existence in relationship with itself. Eckhart Tolle calls this an “amazing miracle [as] ultimately, you are not a person but a focal point where the universe is becoming conscious of itself.”
It is not as if we reside in existence, it is that we are existence having these individual experiences. No matter how many ways I write that or how many times, I am astounded by the reality of relationship. For me, it makes everything possible, especially peace on earth.
Relationship is the label on the greatest gift we are ever given–life—glowing bright in any season no matter how dark or cold the day or circumstances. Relationship opens us to forever as existence becomes conscious of another perspective through each life lived.
The celebration of new life in relationship with one another is in every tradition that celebrates the “giving season.” It is a season wrapped in compassion with a bow of loving-kindness, a gift always appropriate, never out of date. It is the gift each of us can afford on any day.
Perhaps the real purpose of the “giving season” is the opportunity we have each year to extend the season for as long as we live. The only label we need is relationship for it says to another being you are thought of, and you are loved.
KM Huber is a writer who learned Zen from a beagle. She believes the moment is all we ever have, and it is enough. In her early life as a hippie, she practiced poetry, and although her middle years were a bit of a muddle, she remains an overtly optimistic sexagenerian, writing prose. She blogs at kmhubersblog.com, may be followed on Twitter @KM_Huber or contacted by email at writetotheranch[at]gmail[dot]com.
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