It's the most wonderful time of the year!
Those of us who celebrate Christmas delight in our holiday traditions. We dig out decorations. Put up a tree. String lights. Bake goodies. Shop.
It's easy to become frazzled by all of the activities!
So let's stop. Take a breath. Exhale.
Slowing down is good for our soul. Let's do it more often–especially during the holidays. Let's develop a new tradition–one of better self-care. As we deck our halls with festive décor, may we also deck our hearts with peace, love and joy. Not just for others, because that's a given. Let's mindfully extend the same grace that we give to others to ourselves.
When the holidays turn hectic let's give ourselves permission to pause. Let's set boundaries for the sake of our sanity. We were not designed to do it all, all the time.
• Love. For ourselves. No matter what
So what if the house is still a mess? So what if we didn't make it to yoga? So what if that to-do list remains undone? The world will not implode. I promise. Messy homes and incomplete tasks do not make us failures. They make us human. Regardless of our tidiness, productiveness or pant size, we are worthy of love. Always. And your yoga teacher will not think poorly of you for missing a class. Or two. Or three. I can promise that, too! We miss you when you're gone, for sure, but we know that when the time is right, you'll return. And when you do we'll welcome you back with open arms.
• Joy in the small things
Savor that delicious cup of coffee. A cuddle from your cat. Or dog. Maybe you have fish. Take a moment to marvel at the grace in which they move through water. There's beauty all around us. Take a moment to see it. Enjoy it.
As the hustle and bustle of December continues, may we remember to slow down. Be kind. And be present.
Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and an adventurous New Year.