Mindful Holidays, Part II

The time between Thanksgiving and New Years can be a whirlwind of activity, when shopping trips take three times as long as usual and every joyful cookie exchange means an extra hour or two in the kitchen.  Mindfully choosing your activities can keep you grounded in the moment, but to truly enjoy the holiday (or any) season, you also need to create space for…nothing.  When was the last time you turned off the television, turned off the list making in your brain, and simply sat on your couch?

I invite you to think about the mindfulness practice of Mindful InActivity.  Taking time to be quiet, to reflect and recharge, will deepen your enjoyment of the season and your contribution to those around you.  It will also help you enter the New Year with a fresh perspective and clear vision of things to come.  What does it really look like, this mythical quiet time during the holiday season?

Take some time for meditation and journaling each day to listen to your inner guidance.  You may be inspired to write in your Gratitude Journal during this time.

Include free time as one of your activities, time for being mindful and to just BE.  In order to protect your quiet time, you may need to say “No,” to a few activities that do not align with your values.  Mindfully consider each holiday activity and set your own pace.

Each day, several times a day, remember to slow down, take a few deep breaths, relax, and remind yourself to connect with inner peace in the midst of the commotion of the festivities and preparations.  You’d be amazed how pretty your holiday decorations look from the comfort of your couch!

What can you cross off your schedule this week to take time for Mindful InActivity?

Brook Montagna, Mindfulness Coach & Spiritual Life Coach