The most certain way to stay grounded is simply to not take flight! Tuck those wings right on in and straighten that halo of yours a tad. Remaining level-headed requires a bit of discipline during these festive times as it is a lot easier to get carried away with the frantic energy that is being generated universally. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t be having fun, I’m going to suggest that you take a step back (into down dog at times) and observe yourself and others during this spell. Let’s attempt a gracious approach to the silliness.
Bless is More
We tend to start over-indulging in everything during this time. With yogic thought you can moderate yourself to remain in balance. Over-doing anything can cause damage to your body and mental peace. The feasts will be had and the wine will be drunk. Remember to put time aside from the celebrations for you. Compensate by eating healthily between events, taking days off the boozing and finding time on your mat. Even a short 10-minute stretch session can do absolute wonders.
Here’s to the Present!
We like to mark the occasion of the end of a year, but in the bigger scheme of things… does this really exist? Our concept of time and our need to organise it creates these ideas. The time is now, always and forever. You never have to run around like a headless chicken because everybody else is. While on holiday you have more time than ever to try a daily meditation schedule. Do a 5-10 minute meditation as soon as you wake up. The silence will guide you to your best present. This one.
Spending your money is like spending your life energy. You have worked almost all year, with money representing the outcome of that energy. Be aware of where or to whom you are transferring this sweet nectar of yours! For example, splurging on Christmas-related products is putting your life energy into a commercialised event that is sucking the essence of the festival dry. It also produces a lot of excessive waste products that this planet definitely doesn’t need.
Try exchange these sorts of things for natural options like picking pine cones and using them for your table decor, wrap gifts with brown paper and don’t be afraid to create something as a gift or share a special moment with loved ones rather than satisfy a subliminal need to buy them something. Look for local products made by an up-and-coming entrepreneur. You can positively influence someone’s small business and the exchange is far more fulfilling than long distance online shopping.
Yogis practice a concept known as detachment. The spiritual investigators flee to the mountains, leaving their loved ones and material possessions behind, to live in a cave on their own for years at a time. This exercise is to seek freedom from what we think we need to survive and be happy. They discover that we essentially need a connection with our true selves to have access to the greatest joy in life. Be weary of focusing on materialistic wants during this time. Advertising influences your subconscious more than you think. Focus on the people you love, including yourself. Most importantly, be grateful for your beautiful life!
May you have a wonderful time, all the time.
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