Holiday season mindfulness

Christmas treeThis time of year is filled with a myriad of experiences – joy, stress, time off work or the overwhelming feeling that you can’t get everything done in time!

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.  Holiday 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 – just be aware of standing and breathe.

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.  Be curious about them and your reactions to them.

At this time, I thank all my readers for following me, and I wish you a beautiful Holiday season filled with inner joy.

~Wendy Quan, The Calm Monkey



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