What beckons your attention this holiday season? Are you feeling overwhelmed by the continual deluge of activities coming your way? Do you include your overall wellness in all your decisions? If so, great! Congratulations on mindfully balancing yourself during this very hectic time of year. If not, make time to shift your awareness and habitual patterns of running, running, running. Bring a more mindful pace to your life, one that respects mind, body and ebb and flow of emotions. Doing this is immensely rewarding as it reduces the risk of fatigue, depression and even exhaustion in the weeks and months that follow. Mindfully choose a healthy response that supports the future you desire!
Do you find yourself confused at times, not knowing what to do next? This is a common experience for all humans. Understanding the big picture is an essential part of healthy living. The big picture reveals the wisdom and hidden gifts in challenging situations. It takes time and focused attention to come up with a new perspective but it’s well worth it since the benefits are far reaching!
Make time for solitude and meditation. Meditation is a powerful tool for transforming yourself and your experiences in life. Meditate on what’s most important to you as you ponder “What we can I do to make my life better?” Basically, there are 2 options to consider:
- Do nothing and continue living your life in the same way, accepting and dealing with the consequences as they arise.
- Take a chance and seek a new way of living. Let go of any risk aversion you may hold and be willing to step out of your usual patterns of thinking and behaving. Open yourself to a new lens of perception!
Daily life can be very busy and sometimes even hectic. Therefore, it’s important to make time for tea every day! Take a break and simply sit by yourself with a delicious cup of your favorite flavoured tea. Enjoy the aroma and feel the warmth of the tea penetrating your fingers and body. Let go of any thoughts circulating through your mind. Release the need to plan or problem solve. Be fully present in experiencing the beauty of the moment. As you do this, allow a sense of spaciousness to grow in your mind to become as vast as the great open sky! Revere in this precious state of calmness you have just created for yourself!
Mindfulness is key to transforming experiences in a positive way. Shift from old reactive patterns to genuine responses in the moment. For instance, if anger is triggered within due to a comment made by another, allow yourself to freely express and release the emotion in a healthy way. You might choose to stop in the moment and focus your attention on your breath, acknowledge bodily sensations and then gradually release any tension you may feel with each out breath. Another option is to allow yourself the opportunity to share your truth and say something like “I feel ________ by your comment. Would you be willing to understand why this emotion erupted within me?” If the other person is not open, then it may be best to remove yourself and honour your emotion in a safe place that respects all. If the other person is open and willing, that is ideal as it supports relationship growth and transformation in the moment. Either way, breathing out bodily tension or expressing your truth to others is a healthy response to living life fully!
We are always free to dream! Dream big! Dream without limitations. Dream your wishes and desires come true! Dream what is perceived as impossible by others and watch the seeds of your dreams ignite surprises and great wonder in your life. Dreaming is the portal to one’s true potential!
Focusing on the freedom to live fully means to be alive in your own mind and heart. Know your passions and gifts, your song in life and share them with the world. Inner freedom expressed in the outer world is indeed a worthy endeavour that requires great courage. Freedom experienced in both realms is a precious treasure, vital for realizing a full and satisfying life!
Living mindfully strengthens our capacity to experience freedom in the moment. We always have a choice in how we respond to the external world. We can either engage in the negative energy or be a catalyst for positive change in the world around. Whether it be in our home, local community or country, helping others nourishes a deeper sense of connection with others. The magnificent gift is a genuine win-win from the heart level, resulting in a profound sense of freedom at the core!
Living in the present moment is the foundation for freedom. This can be difficult though, especially when adversity strikes. Adversity may trigger myriad emotions leading to resistance in the moment and the more one resists, the less free one feels. Be mindful of rising emotions and limiting habits that block the potential for freedom in the moment. Acknowledge and release emotions in a healthy way!
Stretch your mind and step out of chronological time. Release concepts of yesterday and tomorrow. Release worries about the past and future. Focus instead on the notion that only this very moment exists and that this moment holds everything from the past and everything for the future. This moment is where freedom can be found!
See each moment as precious and new. Adopt a beginners mind, like that of a child who experiences everything for the first time. See each moment as a miracle which will never be repeated again. This is how freedom can be experienced in the most natural way!