We all know that there are several very big and well known holidays in December, but one that I like to observe for the month is Spiritual Literacy Month.
Spiritual Literacy Month was founded by two authors, Frederic and Mary Brussat in 1996 with a goal of advocating for respect for the religions of the world, and the spiritual traditions that come along with them. They said the way to do this was to encourage people to read text from all different kinds of religions. – NationalDayCalendar.com
Although the authors intended for this holiday to be about expanding our education about religions, I personally use it to expand my spirituality.
To feed my soul and to help me to be a better overall human being.
And to do so in December seems appropriate. It’s the last month of the year so it’s a great time to reflect on the events and our actions throughout the past year and how we can improve on those for the new year to come.
So in addition to celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah or Kwanza or Festivus or whatever holiday you traditionally celebrate in December – I encourage you to add Spiritual Literacy.
I think you will find that it will help to make you the best version of yourself.
How To Celebrate Spiritual Literacy Month
I personally celebrate this holiday in two ways…
- I pick up a new book to read. One whose topic I feel that I need to work on.
- I search for a new spiritual teacher / lessons to follow on Youtube.
Sometimes the information I choose for the month is more “self help” than actually spiritual but honestly – I think that one tends to feed the other.
This year, the book I’ll be delving into is The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide To Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz
I have to admit I haven’t found many decent videos on Youtube on the topic of spiritual enlightenment – a lot of the videos are all saying the same thing but that’s okay – it’s good to be reminded of them.
I usually end up watching something by Ted’s Talk.
Here Are Some Spiritual Books I Recommend
The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life – by Deepak Chopra, M.D.
You Are The Universe: Discovering Your Cosmic Self And Why It Matters – by Deepak Chopra, M.D. and Menas C. Kafatos, Ph.D.
Go Celebrate Spiritual Literacy Month
So go ahead and make your own traditions to celebrate this great holiday! You never know, it may just be the boost you need to help you make the new year coming up an amazing one!