Christmas will be here in four days. FOUR. I find myself mystified by this and worrying if I forgot anyone on my gift list, or if my packages will arrive on time. I have crammed every moment to take full advantage of the festivities, and I am tired. This week, it is time to slow down. Time to reflect on what the day is really about. Here are ten ways I plan on doing that this week.
I hope you’ll join me.
1. Light a candle for peace
Take a moment to light a candle and set an intention or prayer for what you want out of your holiday. It may be peace, contentment for everything exactly as it is, or simply gratitude for being in the moment. As you walk by the candle, remember the words you spoke and allow them to fill your heart.
2. Take a walk in nature
Often the holiday bustle can make us feel disconnected. Walking in nature, preferably away from large groups of people, will reunite you. If you don’t have the time or a quiet place you can simply brave the elements and take your shoes off in your yard for a minute. To ground yourself, imagine you have tree roots growing out the bottoms of your feet and down into the Earth.
3. Disconnect from electronics
Take a day to leave all computers, phones, and tv’s behind. Don’t just put them aside, turn them off and unplug them. Wave frequencies from these devices can be disrupting to your senses. Practice being in the moment. Read or listen to music that brings you joy or comfort. Cook something delicious. Play a rowdy game of cards with loved ones.
4. Find a Sit spot
This is another grounding exercise. Find a spot preferably outdoors, or in a well lit area indoors where you can see outside. For ten minutes observe what you see, smell, hear or can touch. Distract yourself with your senses instead of your thoughts. Only concentrate of what you sense.
5. Take a bath
Water is a very powerful tool. Run a bath and observe your thoughts. Then as the tub drains, imagine all those thoughts, worries, fears, and stresses are going down the drain with the water.
6. List 5 Things a Day for Which You Are Grateful
A great practice for any time of the year, keep a journal by your bedside and each night before you go to sleep write down five things you are thankful for that day. It can be anything from the health scare that didn’t turn out to be a big deal all the way down to your morning cup of your favorite coffee. Write all five.
7. Tap mid-sternum for one minute
Negative thoughts and emotions interfere with the body’s natural energy system and throws it out of balance leaving you to feel less than stellar. Taping releases that interference and brings harmony to the energetic system. Using your right or left hand, use your fingers to tap your mid-sternum for one minute. To see more on tapping, click here.
8. Take A Walking meditation
If finding a sit spot doesn't work for you, try a walking meditation. It is the same method, but with walking instead of sitting. Go for a walk and use your senses to notice the world around you.
9. Expose Yourself to Laughter
Laughter truly is the best medicine. Intentionally seek out things that bring you so much joy they make you laugh. For me that is dancing or playing games with my family and friends.
10. Let Yourself Be Filled
Don’t forget all that you have. Take a moment to take care of yourself and remember that all you have done to make this season wonderful and special is enough. You are enough. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!