3 Ways to be Mindful This Holiday Season
Most of us know the month of December to be a blur of hustle and bustle. From gift giving and dinners, work parties and visiting relatives, that time set aside for stillness can easily out of grasp. When schedules are tight and "To Do" lists are long, our meditation practice often suffers the cutback.
It doesn't have to be that way. The holidays are the perfect time to take your mindfulness off the meditation cushion and bring it into the real world. Just because the venue may change doesn’t mean the practice must end. In fact, the opposite is true.
Here’s 3 Simple Ways to Bring Mindfulness into the Holiday Season:
- Pay Attention
Mindfulness is just that: the art of deep focus and awareness. And it can be practiced anywhere, at anytime, with anyone, doing anything! When you’re preparing a Christmas meal, pay attention to what you’re doing. Feel the flour sift through your fingertips when baking cookies, enjoy the aroma of home-baked bread in the kitchen, notice the cool tiles beneath your feet while doing the dishes. This is mindfulness.
- Find Time Alone
It does exist, even if it’s only in the washroom! The bathroom is an excellent place to gather your composure in the midst of party chaos. Look at yourself in the mirror and smile. Repeat an affirmation or mantra that relaxes you. You might say, “All is well in my world,” for example, or “I am at peace and content.” Choose something that resonates with you.
- Express Gratitude
Thinking of just one or two things that bring a smile to your face halts worry and anticipation by bringing us into the present moment. Counting your blessings at this time of year is a sure-fire way to brighten the holiday season.
May you be awake to the joyous spirit of the holidays!
Eryn Kirkwood is a published writer and the editor of six best-selling books on yoga (with two more on the way) as well as a yoga teacher in Ottawa, Ontario. For over a decade she has dedicated her life to the study, practice, and teaching of the science of Self-realization.
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