Most know or have at least heard of the story of Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens’ novel, A Christmas Carol. In the story Scrooge learned through a night of nightmares (or time travel) and self-reflection that being greedy and miserly only brought him a life of loneliness and misery. When he awoke Christmas morning, he chose to begin living life by being kind, loving, and generous to those in his life and community. We could say that he embraced the meaning of Christmas, and that the main message in the story is one of Christian Love.
Embedded within this story, as with many great novels and literature, are other messages. Hidden under the robe of the ghost of Christmas present is a message that is taught across world religions and philosophies, though probably best known as a Buddhist teaching. Under his giant robe the ghost of Christmas present reveals to Scrooge “the banes of man”: Ignorance and Want. These banes of man, the things which cause and contribute to our suffering, are two of the three roots of disease and suffering in Tibetan Buddhist Medicine.
We can choose to live a life through ignorance: illusion, delusion, and lack of self-awareness and of compassion for others; and through want: attachment, clinging, craving, and possessing. Or we can, like Ebenezer Scrooge, choose to awaken today free from the fetters that our own egos have put upon us, open our hearts, and live a life of kindness, love, and compassion. Like the Grinch, when he realized Christmas was not about the superficial decorations and feasting, nor about the shopping and the presents, so too can we expand from the fetters of ignorance and desire (and anger), and let our hearts grow more and more each and every day!
Click the title of the video to watch the Grinch’s heart grow! ❤
Perfect visuals Julianne Victoria. Hope you have a Blessed Holiday!
Thank you, and have a wonderful holiday to you and your fur kids too! ❤
Very interesting and engaging as always! And it is snowing on your blog, how cool Julie!! See you at 11 sweet thing.
Thanks Lisa! I’ll tell you how to make it snow on your blog too. ❤