The holiday season- not always the stress-free experience we'd like. Here some tips to find some calm, clarity and a sense of play in this unique time of year.
If ever there was a good time to let go of our own wishes and desires, to take greater interest and care in those around us, it is over the holiday season. It’s easy to be cynical about the commercialization of Christmas, but we are only buying into that concept if we feel obliged to do these things. To do so from choice alone is something altogether different.
Time better spent
It doesn’t matter whether we like it or not, the holiday season is going nowhere. To spend lots of time thinking about how much we wish we were elsewhere, were with other people, talking about others things, or receiving different colour socks is fruitless. When we think in this way it makes us unhappy. So see the thoughts for what they are, smile at them and let them go.
Embrace the madness
The truth is, we’re all a little crazy in one way or another. At no time is this more obvious than at Christmas. It’s easy to become judgmental in these situations and to be critical of others, but meditation reminds us that the condition of the human mind is a complex one, something which we all share. Ironically, remembering that we share this madness helps us to find some sanity.