I guess our Christmas morning began like Christmas morning for so many others. My sweetheart and I woke early, to wrap gifts (our wrapping paper was reused paper bags from Trader Joes). We drank Yerba Mate lattes and quietly put gifts under the tree, as the sun came up.
I am not a big fan of the consumerism that comes with our society’s version of what Christmas should be. (Part of that is because I hate shopping.) We bought the kids sketch pads, paint and markers, and that is it. The tree was largely filled with gifts from friends and family.
My son gifted us with a painting. He painted our family portrait. So beautiful and special.
Anyways, after the gifts were opened and bellies full from breakfast, we walked across the large yard, to the Buddhist temple, to take part in filling Buddhist Statues.
In Tibetan Buddhism, traditional Buddha statues are hollow inside. To come alive, the statues are filled with mantras, incense, herbs, and other treasures. There is a very strict process of cutting and rolling the Mantras, it is an art and a spiritual practice. And it takes a very long time. The brother of my spiritual guide, himself a Tibetan Buddhist, from Tibet, is gifted, knowledgeable, and skilled in this spiritual practice. He flew to Florida on Christmas Eve to show us how this practice is done.
After the statues are filled and sealed, a Buddhist Lama, performs a blessing ceremony. The ceremony is what brings these statues to life, with Divine energy. There is a belief that whether one is Buddhist or not, looking at these blessed statues, will bring blessings.
It was really special to be a part of this process. Especially on the day that represents the birth of one of the most enlightened beings ever, Jesus.
In the afternoon, we went bird watching at a place called Wakodahatchee Wetlands. It is a well kept boardwalk in Delray Beach that was full of people and birds. We saw alligators, turtles, iguanas, and of course so many birds.
It was a beautiful, relaxing, restorative day. Life can be difficult. But it also is filled with so many blessings.