It’s been a month (or more) filled with frenzy. Hurrying around to get things finished before the end of the year, buying presents, going from one end of year party to the next, eating more than usual and not necessarily of the healthy foods. Some of us hardly take the time to rest or take care of ourselves. Madness really.
I invite you to sit down for a moment or more precisely for 10 minutes. Take the time (I’ll be bold and tell you that you do have 10 minutes in one day to sit down).
- Find a quiet and comfortable place (it could be your bathroom if that’s the only place you get some privacy in your home)
- Sit in a way that feels good to you (cross-legged on the floor or on a couch or chair with your feet planted firmly on the floor)
- Sit up very tall with your spine
- Close your eyes and relax the muscles of your face
- Breathe in and out of your nose
Most likely it will be difficult to relax here. Many thoughts come up and anxiety might arise. Let whatever comes up come up. Do not try to suppress your thoughts. Acknowledge what comes up, see it in front of you, become aware of what is going on. And then let it go and let the thoughts pass by like clouds in the sky. Do this over and over again with whatever somes up. When letting go of a thought, you can repeat mentally: “I release this thought, this situation, this feeling, …”
Set your alarm to 10 minutes. Try to stay here even though it might be 10 very long minutes.
Meditating on a regular basis has many benefits. Some subtle, some more obvious with time. Here are some:
- It helps you relax and get your feet back on the ground.
- It helps you perform and focus better on what is at hand.
- It helps you choose your words more wisely and be less reactive.
- It helps your body relax and recharge.
- It gives you some “me time”.
Try to incorporate this little exercise into your day and make a routine out of it. It’s also very nice and helpful to sit down before family gatherings or meetings and situations that can be a bit conflictual. Sitting down and relaxing with awareness gives you serenity. During your meditation you can visualise the upcoming situation in a positive and ideal way, seeing only the good and nice moments. At the end of the meditation, set an intention to only focus on the positive elements in the actual situations. And then go about your day. Don’t beat yourself up if all isn’t perfect. Brush it off and go back to your intention.
And here are a couple of things I like to do to get away from the frenzy (and the shopping madness):
- Meditate (obviously ;))
- Do Yoga
- Read a nice book or magazine
- Go for a walk in nature
- Bake cookies
Happy holidays to you all!