Today not only brings us closer to Christmas, it’s also the day to go grocery shopping for the holidays, at least for me. During the pandemic this shopping was even worse, so much tension, stress, you could feel it.
I have no idea what will happen today – so I will spread some joy along the way.
It’s a great way to get into the spirit of this special time of the year, the real spirit – instead of just buying what a clever marketing tells you will make you and your loved ones happy.
Today it’s time to spread the joy and share it.
One simple action is enough:
smile at strangers
play more with you children
take them out to play in nature
write a small letter to your partner with three reasons you love her/him
hug a friend – you don’t need a reason ( I know there’s a pandemic, I trust that you use common sense and respect the rules, wherever you live)
you could write a Xmas-card to a random address and add a 5 Euro/Pound/Dollar note (I took this idea from someone in our kindness group on Facebook)
and there are lots more
Just think about something that would make you smile and then do it for somebody else.
Not only today – watch how you feel, how the joy spreads.
Maybe you can feel it in your body, that warm feeling…
Let today be a quiet day – and try to listen – inside.
The outside world is a loud place, all that noise, chat, sounds. I was in the city last week, doing some Christmas shopping, and although it was raining cats and dogs, there were so many people that I need some quiet time after.
I try to give myself some quiet time as often as I can.
So give yourself a short break today, too, and take a time out, ten minutes will be enough.
Sit quietly and listen – with your ears and your heart.
The best place to do this might be a place where you can connect to nature.
This will make it easier – but if you can’t go to a park or forest that’s fine, too.
The important part is being quiet for some minutes – and maybe your soft inner voice will appear.
Now that you’re ready to listen, anything is possible.
Maybe it will be a hunch, a gut feeling or maybe it is a soft voice talking to you.
Whatever form it takes, it is okay and the perfect form for you.
Just give it a try and notice what happens. Enjoy the calmness today.
It’s already day 12, it’s Sunday and we have only 12 days left until Christmas Day or nine days until Winter Solstice (if you are not into Xmas).
Now it’s time to do something fun and joyful for yourself. Something you love about the Holiday season.
Whether it’s skating on ice, a long walk in the snow (depending on where you live, I know), time spent alone, knitting, or just visiting a Christmas market – whatever is still possible in your country and this pandemic – just do it!!!
Do something you really love – go to a concert, watch your favourite Christmas movie, buy yourself a gift, decorate a tree, whatever gets you into a festive and joyful mood.
It doesn’t have to be traditional – though very often re-living something you enjoyed as a child is the best thing to do now.
I went shopping this week and noticed people being grumpy, tense and sometimes really rude. Even in this pandemic it gets worse in December.
So, if you feel that energy, too, around you, relax your body and breathe.
How do you feel right now? Check in with your body – is there tension, if yes, how much?
Where do you feel it most? Your neck? Your solar-plexus? Your belly? All of these?
Now is the time to let go of it, to release it, to relax and just be here fully.
But how can you do this?
There are several things you can try – each will take minutes only – and you’ll find, hopefully, your favourite.
The first way is to notice your breathing and slow it down. To watch your belly swell with the in-breath and flatten with the out-breath. To breathe out your tension with every out-breath and fresh energy in with every in-breath.
Breathing helps to release stress and brings you back into your body, into the present moment.
Another great tool, when you have a space where nobody will hear you, is to breathe out with a loud yell, like a „HA!!!“, like a martial artist, just shout it, let it out.
And then there’s the method where you close the door behind you and take five minutes to just let go with a sigh and „it’s too much, it hurts“…and then let your feelings and maybe tears out. Nobody will see it, so let it out.
These are just three examples. There are lots of exercises and tools – give them a try and notice what makes you feel better.
I’ll show you another body centred approach tomorrow.