Christmas Mindfulness

Christmas treeThis time of year is filled with a myriad of experiences – joy, stress, time off work or the overwhelming feeling that Christmas is coming much too fast!

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.

~Wendy

 

 

7 thoughts on “Christmas Mindfulness

  1. Hello Wendy: I love taking a moment out of my day to read your posts! It’s always a little mindful moment for me. I want to thank you for all the inspirational posts you have sent along this year. I wish you a happy Christmas holiday with your family, good health in the new year, and lots of energy to continue with your meditation/ mindfulness teaching and leadership. Sincerely, Ilse

    • Hi Ilse! Thank you so much! What a lovely sentiment, I really appreciate that. I am so happy that you signed up for my class in the spring, and that I got to know you. You are a lovely person and I hope to see you at my sittings in the new year.

      I wish you wonderful health and happiness now and always. Have a great Christmas.
      ~Wendy

  2. Right back at you. I look forward to not only this Christmas but to many more in the future with a big, healthy dose of friendship sent your way.

    • Merry Christmas Grasshopper! Thank you so much. One of the beautiful things about you is that you appreciate life and the people in your life every single day, not just at Christmas time. Sending love and ever-lasting friendship your way every day.
      ~Wendy

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