One of the things I loved about Christmas when I was a child was gazing into the shiny balls on our decorated tree and feeling as if I had entered a magical place.
When I looked into those fragile spheres, I saw my home transformed. The curvature of the ornaments reflected rooms much larger than they actually were and created an effect that was both sparkly and soft.
So, instead of seeing our small living room and dining room, I saw rooms that were spacious and gracious, peaceful and palatial. I loved going from color to color and experiencing the palace of my home as golden, then silver, then red because each color stirred a slightly different wondrous feeling, kind of like love, hope, and joy.
Looking back, I can see now that I HAD entered a magical place, a mystical place.
The outer palace I saw was a reflection of the inner sparkling spaciousness that dwells in the heart of every child.
Remember how you felt as a child, when outer wonderment resonated with the wonderment in you?
No matter what age we are now, we’ve all got that place within us.
During this busy season, may we take time to enter the “Inner Palace.”
May we be renewed in the gifts of love, hope, and joy.
And, may our inner sparkling spaciousness shine in the world and be reflected back to us.