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A Heart Centered Raw Christmas

Hey everyone, Dhru Purohit here.

Over the next few weeks my good friend Lori Clayton is going to guest editing We Like It Raw. This week's theme is The Holidays!

Here's Lori with a little bit more on the theme and bit about herself.

“A loving heart is the truest wisdom.” Charles Dickens

Today is a beautiful, yet chilly, winter day here in Utah. The sky is blue and the sun is out. I’m so blessed to be looking out at the amazing snow covered mountains as I write my first blog post for Give It To Me Raw. I’m very excited to be writing and sharing  with you all.

I’m looking forward to going for a walk later. There’s a certain smell to the air in Winter. There are fires burning in homes, the sweet smell of decaying leaves and just a crispness in the air.

This is the first winter for me in Utah since I was a child. Having lived for the better part of my life in Southern California this weather is new to me. I have to say I like the cozy sweaters and snugly boots. I’m learning how to build a fire in the fireplace, well, mostly I learned what a flue is and that it needs to be opened all the way. I learned that the hard way. 

There’s a hustle and bustle out there on the streets as people prepare for the festivities of the Holiday Season. The stores are filled with shoppers. I’m looking forward to my oldest son visiting form Oregon. And we are hoping we have a white Christmas.

Every year at this time, however, I am taken back to my childhood, to one particular Christmas when I was about 8 or 9 that literally changed my life.

My parents, bless their hearts, always made sure that Santa provided well for us. And this Christmas was no different. I had a “boyfriend” who came over Christmas morning to see me. He sat on the couch as I showed him all the gifts Santa brought, and there were many. Finally after coming up for a breath I asked him what Santa brought him. (Remember we were about 8 or 9) He said he got a disposable razor. I just sat there stunned, puzzled, wondering why....a disposable razor?

He left quietly and I started asking my Mom why something like that would happen. Why would Santa leave something like that for him? Why wouldn’t Santa leave lots of toys for him just like he left for us. I was so sad over this and it seemed so unfair. 

This was when I learned the truth. There was no bearded, jolly man dressed in a red suit that magically flew threw the air to deliver toys all over the Earth. This made me so sad to think that some kids got so much and other had nothing.

So as the years went by I tried my best to contribute to charities or service or help those in need. It’s such a beautiful thing to bring joy to others. I love seeing the smiles and sometimes the tears. 

“The greatest treasures are those invisible to the eye but found in the heart” 

I chose to let my two boys believe in the magical idea of Santa (in moderation). We handmade cards and gifts and always picked a name or two off a Christmas Tree to shop for a child in need.

The year came when my oldest son started asking if there was REALLY a Santa. I told him that there DEFIANTLY was an amazing spirit of love and giving but that it may not be exactly what he THOUGHT it was. I thought he would be upset that I had lied to him because I had always taught them to tell the truth no matter what. I thought that this Santa bit was a biggie...I was nervous! He sat with a deep, thoughtful look on his face and tears started streaming down his face. He looked at me and said “Mom, did YOU do all that for us?!” I said yes and he literally threw himself into my arms saying “Thanks Mom, I love you so much!” with tears now streaming from both our eyes...I told him I loved him too.

“The heart has reasons that reason does not understand” - Jacques Benigne Bossuel

Raising two boys as a single parent in Newport Beach, California wasn’t always an easy thing to do and there were times when things were tight. I got to experience the sweetness of sitting with my kids, family and friends and making cookies, gingerbread houses or handmade cards or some kind of gift. It was the time spent connecting with them, creating memories, creating “special” things for loved ones or picking names of a Christmas Tree for a child in need and shopping for them that made the Holidays really magical!

Christmas is about the Spirit of Love, the Spirit of Giving, the Spirit of Caring, the Spirit of Connection, it’s about sharing and opening your heart.  It’s not about the gifts you buy at a store, it’s not about making a list of all the things you WANT or as my son jokingly calls a “list of demands”.

“The Human heart feels things the eyes cannot see, and knows what the mind cannot understand” Robert Valett

This week the theme of our blog is about how to have a truly RAW Christmas.  Raw is defined as: In a natural or unaltered state; unmodified from the original state. Christmas is about the Spirit of Love, the Spirit of Giving, the Spirit of Caring, the Spirit of Connection, it’s about sharing and opening your heart. It’s not about the gifts you buy at a store, it’s not about making a list of all the things you WANT or as my son jokingly calls a “list of demands”.

There will be some recipe videos for RAW Holiday desserts, beautiful ways gift wrap your treats, handmade gift tags and thoughts about Giving from the Heart.

I would love to hear your thoughts about how YOU create a Raw Christmas, your magical Holiday traditions!

P.S.....Did you know that when you do something kind for someone it raises the levels of serotonin in your body? Serotonin is the “feel good” chemical in the brain. Not only does YOUR serotonin level go up, the person you did something nice for has an increase as well! And if THAT wasn’t enough....Anyone WATCHING has a rise in the “Feel Good” chemical too! Can you even imagine what would happen if more people practiced kindness? There would literally be a flood of serotonin....we’d all be feeling super awesome! So, start the flood! How many acts of kindness can you do today?

What are your favorite ways to show kindness? A hug? A sweet note? A helping hand? A meal and a hug to a homeless person? (Never,ever underestimate the power of the human touch, especially in the form of a heartfelt hug!  

“Love is a decision, not an emotion” Unknown

From my heart to yours,