Merry Eighth Day of Christmas!
On this day, while the milking image is front-and-centre (an image of nourishment), there are times when images of anxiety are associated with the milking image: being milked, fleeced, drained, exploited by friends, family, corporations, governments. When that happens, at the very least, our mind and our very soul / spirit can be compromised.
How can we disallow the latter, which destroys our spirit, and encourage the former to nourish our spirit? Perhaps the words of Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare’s play offer thoughtful consideration: “Yet doe I feare thy Nature, It is too full o’ th’ Milke of humane kindnesse.”
When the ‘milk of human kindness’ (compassion, care of self and others, empathy etc.) is expressed, there is less room in our spirit for negative ‘milking’. We live in a Universe of energy. It can be negative – and it can be positive. Each of us must determine on what we focus our attention – on what we allow to preoccupy our thoughts – on what we let into our spirit.
And it is for us to experience each emotion and ask
… How long do I hold onto the anger?
… Do I allow hatred to absorb my thoughts?
… Do I let fear absorb my energy?
… Do I withhold forgiveness?”
On this, the Eighth Day of Christmas, a New Year begins. May we express the ‘milk of human kindness’ in our thoughts, words, social media posts, actions, prayers so we can be part of the transformation that is so desperately needed in this pandemic-filled world.
Happy Eighth Day of Christmas and Happy New Year!
The Soulistry Christmas series is published each day during the Season of Christmas up to Epiphany and along with other Soulistry reflections can be found at www.soulistry.com/blog and www.facebook.com/groups/soulistry
Christmas Day began the Season of Christmas in the Christian tradition, offering a lovely stretch of time to reflect, enjoy, delight in, and consider how we can bring a little bit of Christmas into our life and the lives of others every day.
May the Twelve Days of Christmas be a reminder that Christmas isn’t just “one day.” The Spirit of Christmas can continue to be alive in hearts and lives every day – even beyond the Season of Christmas. 🙂
Text: © june maffin
Image © Banu Moore
Used with permission of the artist, Banu Moore