The holidays embody everything we strive to achieve during our time on the farm. So we thought we’d take some time to remind you how you can practice that Shambhalove during the holiday season as it quickly approaches.
The Gift of Giving
Our Shambhalovlies are known for their small acts of kindness and random gift-giving on the farm. Whether it’s hugging a stranger on the dancefloor or gifting a handmade craft to someone you pass by on the way to your camp, the gift of giving is all around you at Shambhala.
We often see these acts of kindness on the farm because, over the last 22 years, our farmily has created an environment that breeds it. When it’s everywhere around you, it’s hard not to want to be a part of the magic. So as we enter the holidays, we encourage you to bring that Shambhalove to the streets and to those less fortunate. Perhaps you made PB&J sandwiches for the people on the dancefloor, or made small gifts to give to strangers – we hope you keep this spirit and practice alive by doing the same for those in homeless shelters, families with children who are less fortunate, or those who spend the holidays alone.
Our Shambhaloves know how meaningful and infectious these random acts of kindness are, so let’s spread them as much as we can throughout the holiday season (and beyond).
Spending Time With Loved Ones
Many of us lead busy lives, and rarely have time to escape the hustle and go-go-go mentality we practice in society. It’s the times that we actively remove ourselves from our environments and disconnect from reality that we have some of our greatest experiences and make our most meaningful connections.
The holidays are your time to reconnect with your friends and family. Stay away from your phone, leave your computer at home, and be mindful of how you’re spending this short time with the ones you love. Live in the present moment with them, just as you do with your fellow Shambhaloves on the farm. Whether you sit around a fire sharing stories, explore Christmas markets or go ice-skating, the time you spend with your family during these short weeks will create meaningful memories you hold with you forever.
A Time for Reflection
The holidays mark the end of another year, which means we have the opportunity to reflect on everything we experienced, both good and bad, and analyze what we’ve learned and what we’re grateful for – something our Shambhaloves use their time on the farm to explore. This important period of reflection allows us to enter the new year, or a new chapter, with open eyes and an open heart. It also enables us to share these insights with those who matter most – our family and friends.
Life seems fast-paced and wild at times, so it’s hard to stop and think about how much you’ve grown and all of the lessons you’ve learned. During this short time away from our fast-paced realities, we hope you take some time to reflect on and be proud of your accomplishments and learn from your mistakes.
Photographer: James Coletta
Are you excited to reconnect with yourself and loved ones this holiday season? We know we sure are.
For any of those last-minute gifters, head to the Shambhala Shop to pick out your favourite SMF merchandise for your Shambhaloves.
Happy Holidays from all of us at Shambhala!
Banner Image Photographer: Nik Molson
|By: Talia Smith|
Talia loved Shambhala Music Festival long before she began working as the Entertainment Assistant two years ago, and that love only grew stronger when she was adopted into the farmily. She now works in several areas of the music industry, returning HOME every year to be a part of the Shambhala magic.