Sometimes the season of giving can get a little overwhelming and we consequently lose sight of our own desires and intentions. In order to keep your mindfulness journey on track, we urge you to remember that the holidays aren't about doing; they're about being. The best way to ‘be’ this holiday season is present - and since we’re surrounded by friends and family for most of the time, why not spread a little intention their way too?
1. Passion Plan
More often than not, people drift through life with specific goals in mind failing to be specific as to where exactly they want to go and how. It’s important to note that your mind instinctively wants to bring you closer to your goals, but because you aren’t precise enough, they continue to live in your mind as abstract thoughts. As a result, they are put-off for an undefined someday that is never 100% guaranteed to happen.
Getting a group of family or friends together over the holidays to passion plan as a unit is a great way to make yourself accountable for actually taking the allocated steps needed to fulfill your dreams. Share tips on how to achieve each goal among each other and watch as the months pass and each of your desires and aspirations begin to appear in fruition. After all, a goal without a plan is just a wish.
The practice of meditation provides a beautiful platform for solidifying the bond between you and a loved one. Not only does meditation increase happiness and support overall well-being, but it allows you to be vulnerable and this is, without doubt, your greatest asset of all.
If you’re feeling judgmental, anxious or overwhelmed; you can be absolutely guarantee that your loved one can empathise in some way and would love the opportunity to restore blissful balance and give you back a little of your light. So invite them to participate in your practice next time. Choose a theme for your practice - i.e. ‘releasing’ or ‘peace’ - and enjoy the power of your purposeful practice.
3. Practice Gratitude
Often the art of being grateful is to step away from the issues of the moment and pay attention to the simple things that bring you joy. Of course we’re all grateful for friends and family, but how often do we let them know?
The Holidays make for the perfect time to reflect on all of the things you have to be thankful for in life. Why not carve out some time to practice gratitude as a unit this year with your friends and family? This is a great way to remind you and your loved ones that the secret to having it all, is knowing you already do.