The holidays are often filled with a lot of energy, emotion and expectation. They carry a strong “yang” energy. We tend to get consumed with doing. It’s about buying gifts, getting things done and showing up to holiday festivities.
There’s joy in the air, but there’s also more angst, and for some of us, profound grief – especially when our loved ones aren’t present. Traffic jams, long lines at the store, travel, taking care of family, all while leading our everyday activities, can lead to adrenal exhaustion.
You’re likely to notice that your mind is especially active during this time. You may also be feeling more overwhelmed and buzzy.
It’s during these times that our inner-practice becomes essential. Our practice clears our internal space. It grounds us with a sense of calm. When we take the time to care for our inner-space, we feel more free, clear and centered. We get more done, and with more ease.
When we take time to cultivate this space within us, we radiate that energy naturally to other people. Our presence adds a quality of connectedness to those around us. It gives the people around you permission to slow down and tune in too.
If you want to experience more calm this season, here’s a helpful guide:
1) Meditate at least 10 minutes a day in the morning, even if you think you don’t have time. That is, especially if you don’t have time. (for a free guided meditation, click this link).
2) Release unnecessary meetings and activities from your schedule. What can you let go of? What isn’t so important to take care of right now?
3) Set your intention and priorities. What would you like to experience this holiday? What do you want to make a priority?
Being with our loved ones and family members is an opportune time to practice mindfulness. It’s easy to get triggered by the people who are close to us.
Remember to do this: practice pause before responding. Take a breath.
Speak slowly and connect to the words you’re communicating. Notice when you feel judgmental and what helps you to maintain an open-heartedness. Set an intention for the kind of experience you’d like to have with your loved ones.
Enjoy these practices that will help create more ease and focus for you and your loved ones this season. If you’d like to learn more about how to share mindfulness, I invite you to this special LIVE Meditation coaching webinar training I’m hosting Thursday, December 27th.
Hope you’ll consider joining us! If you’d like to learn more, please look below. In the meantime, I invite you to slow down, savor the moment and connect from within.
We wish you a happy, joyful holiday from our heart to yours.
Sura & the amazing team at Sura Center