I saw this on Facebook this morning and it struck a chord in me that I felt needed to be shared with all of you. For at the holidays especially, there are those of us may be feeling hiraeth, but never had a word for it. For the English language, to my knowledge, does not have a word which encompasses these feelings as hiraeth does.
So what do you do about it when you are feeling this way? How do you go on with this feeling through holiday festivities? My own solution is to allow the feeling, to engage in it, to acknowledge the hiraeth as it comes. To turn ourselves into jolly merrimakers is to falsely and ineptly disengage with our souls. To be in stillness with the feeling is to be true to ourselves and to allow hiraeth to process in our lives in order for us to heal.
I’m not saying to throw a pity party for ourselves during the festivities at all. I’m not recommending that we pout or make others uncomfortable with our sadness. No, not at all. I’m suggesting that we allow ourselves the gift of hiraeth in our quiet alone time so that we can find the joy when we are celebrating the holidays. To feel hiraeth and maybe even to share it with those willing to listen in a compassionate manner is to find the peace within us when we allow our feelings space to heal.
For there is healing in allowing hiraeth. There is much joy to be had in life especially during the holiday season. Allow your heartlights to shine, spread the love and understanding that you innately carry within you and reach out to others with your kind heart. Know that I am here with you. I understand. I acknowledge our feelings of hiraeth and I hold them tenderly in my heart.
Bless you all this holiday season.
*Gratitude to MAngel for sharing on FB so that I could see this post.