This is a gentle reminder to practice mindfulness at this time of year.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally to things as they are.
How would you practice Mindfulness at this time of year?
There are many opportunities to practice mindfulness! Here are a few:
Non-judging – not getting caught in a stream of likes and dislikes. Catching yourself when tending to judge, such as when people are behaving ‘selfishly’ or ‘arrogantly’ at a party. Watch when you might start to judge, and what thoughts or feelings may arise without acting on them in any way.
Patience – allowing things to be exactly as they are, watching them unfold at their own pace. Not rushing to get from one moment to the next. Christmas shopping is definitely a time to practice patience! When standing in line, simply ‘be’, and it’s a good time to do a standing meditation.
Acceptance – Seeing things as they are in the present moment. Accepting doesn’t mean we have to like the way things are, or passively resign ourselves to them. It simply means developing a willingness to see things as they are. If you feel roped into too many social events, for example, try seeing them with a willingness to go with the flow and have the experiences they give to you.
Be present – stay present and in the ‘now’. Giving 100% attention to whatever you are doing means you aren’t ruminating about the past or worrying about the future. If you are having a conversation with someone, give them all your attention. If you are cooking dinner for a party, be present, and enjoy preparing the dinner, and stop worrying if things will turn out perfectly.
At this time, I thank all my readers, and I wish you a beautiful Christmas filled with inner joy.