What is meant to be the most joyous time of year can sometimes be anything but. The stress of shopping for gifts, the financial burden, or perhaps even loneliness become difficult to ignore this time of year. Calling on mindfulness in the midst of this intense time can not only help you to thrive but also be an invaluable gift to give others.
The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers. — Thich Nhat Hanh
While one emphasis of the holiday season is to spend time with loved ones, this can often be clouded by the incessant need to plan and execute a perfect holiday. Firstly, we should try to let go of the idea of perfection. Secondly, we can make an effort to be fully present in each moment we get to spend with loved ones.
Mindfulness is witnessing and observing what is happening as it is happening – a mode of “being” not “doing”. With that in mind, make extra effort to be more mindful when you talk to and truly listen to friends and family. Be completely in the moment with them without trying to advice or fix them worrying about the future. Forging and solidifying these connections can reap feelings of happiness that far exceed feelings of anxiety, this is a gift for both of you.
While going about the rest of your tasks in the next few weeks, take a step back to be quiet and just be. With so much anticipation and build up for the holidays, they can seem to pass by before we can really embrace them. By shifting an emphasis from planning to presence we may be better able to soak up the holiday spirit.
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