Being mindful is neither a chore nor a rigid set of rules. Experience a mindful Christmas of joy and quiet pleasure. Enjoy these simple reminders!
‘During the next few weeks, observe yourself compassionately, like a professional chess player watching a three-year-old learn the moves. Notice when you become stressed, manic, demanding, anxious, or seized by any of the other emotions that fly around with such vigour during the holiday season. The moment you take the observer’s stance, you will already feel the beginning of peace.’
Mindful Eating and Drinking
It’s so easy to over-do it on the food and drink front! Next time you have something really delicious to eat, try a more mindful experience. Slow down and give yourself time to savour the flavours. Some of the rich flavours we enjoy at Christmas are best enjoyed in small portions. Our attitude to food and drink is steeped in habit and mind-less ness! Experiment by slowing down. Put aside all other distractions and focus completely on your glass of whatever you’re drinking or the chocolate/dessert/treat.
There is something very atmospheric about candles and firelight. Take the opportunity to sit quietly and focus on the flames. Sustain your attention on the glowing light and let the glimmering light fill you with warmth and energy. Visualise that you are drawing on the flames and breathe the warmth and light in through your nose. Let it flow all through your body down to your toes and back up again!
A little snowglobe is not just a bit of traditional fun. It’s a lovely reminder of how our busy thoughts are often swirling round in our heads, just like the snowglobe when it’s shaken up. Put it down and the snow starts to settle and comes to a standstill. In the same way, you are able to sit in stillness for a few moments. Notice how a little bit of space opens up within your mind as your busy thoughts might start to settle. A simple moment of stillness can be rejuvenating!
When you give your full attention to something your brain appreciates this! You may be busy with Christmas music on in the background. Take a moment to stop and listen. Enjoy the sound and let it fill you with joy.
It’s the perfect season to practice mindful listening! When you meet up with friends and family you haven’t seen for a while be curious! Don’t worry so much about putting your point of view out there. Enjoy listening and stay open-hearted. Take a powerful pause before you respond! Be compassionate with yourself and others and make the most of these moments:
‘Spirit, I cannot see this sister rightly, for I judge her. Help me to drop my judgements and understand what fears her behaviour brings up for me.’
Sara Gardner, Mairela Reiki Healing Retreat
The Danish concept of hygge encompasses three hygge principles: pleasure, presence and participation. So enter into the spirit joyously and with peace and gratitude in your heart. And have yourself a mindful little Christmas!
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