Self Care During the Holidays

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The energy of the season seems to ramp up earlier each year. It’s not just the advertisements and sales that begin immediately after Halloween; it’s the sense of urgency that seems to permeate the air.

Often this becomes the energy of the season; to rush, to scramble and let’s face it, to put self-care on the back burner until after the holidays.

But what if there was an simple way to disconnect from the chaotic bombardment and find peace?  Imagine moving through life, amidst all the hustle and excitement, from a place of gratitude and peace.

As human beings in partnership with our spiritual selves, it can be easy to lose our centre, whether in the midst of holiday activities or other aspects of daily life. When we lose our centre we tend to be influenced by the most predominant flow around us. This often happens unconsciously.  We find ourselves affected and sometimes overwhelmed by our surroundings.   We respond from there, often unaware that this has transpired.

Remaining in touch with who we truly are can change the course of the holidays, as well as each and every day. By taking time to consciously direct our awareness, we access inner wisdom. We evolve our relationships and create the harmony we desire, one breath at a time.

Three Steps to Self-Care

First begin by taking a breath.  You may not even notice tension held in your body until you do so. We learn as children to be beings of doing activities. As adults, we take on roles of multi-tasking, coordinating and pushing through to what is next. In this process we disconnect from our bodies and ourselves.

In this single, deep, conscious breath we invite connectivity, which is the basis for stability. With this breath it may seem as if we are coming back to a moment of quiet; a place of peace. It may seem as if the chaos all around us slows to a pace that is calm. The activities are the same; the influence upon us is not.

Next, as you continue to breathe deeply and consciously, turn your awareness to your heart. It may help to visualize the center of your chest, feel the rhythm of its beating. Sense the steadiness here. Imagine each beat is calling you inward, drawing you to the depth of you wisdom and power.

As you do this, you may notice a spontaneous deep breath as the body recognizes the state of connection that has just occurred. There is more of you here now.

From this place of peace, the stillness of your breath, ask yourself the following question, “What do I want to create here and now?”

Be willing to remain still for a while; physically, mentally and emotionally.  Wait for the answer to come to you. Refrain from chasing or grasping. Be willing to be surprised by the voice of wisdom that emerges from within.

It may be a simple statement; such as I want to finish this shopping easily and joyfully. It may be more complex; such as I desire to come from an open heart while in conversation with my family.

Finally, take the next breath and imagine this intention going out into the world, carried by each and every beat of your heart.

As we return to a moment of silence, an opening for grace, we invite in our wisdom. We recognize our creative power as spiritual beings, and we create the world that we desire.

When we make time on a regular basis for conscious breathing, we take action to create life as an expression of who we truly are, and in the process, we learn about our selves more fully.

When we aspire to live from this place of wisdom, we create great change in ourselves, in our families and in the world.  One breath at a time.

If you would like to take your Spiritual Self Care a bit further you are welcome to Schedule a Clearing Session.

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One Comment

  1. Gloria MacDonald
    Posted December 14, 2014 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    Judi – Thanks so much for this wonderful reminder and beautiful meditation! Just what we need at this busy time of year! Gloria

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