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Making Time for Holiday Meditations
Sometimes we put ourselves in last place when it comes to doing what is best for us. But it is only when we are balanced and energized that we can give others our best.
During the holidays we may get revved up and try to cram more into our daily schedule than we are used to and the result is we lose our peace of mind.
The trick is to schedule in meditation first. Then we can get even more done because we are energized and internally peaceful.
First thing upon waking take a minute to breathe evenly in and out while stretching out and mentally preparing to face the day.
The next opportunity to enjoy personal peace may be in the shower: as the water pours down let any pent up stress wash away. Visualize it swirling down the drain and dissolving away, away, away.
If you are preparing breakfast and lunches for the day you have an opportunity for a standing meditation. I do this every morning year round. I face the kitchen counter with all the ingredients for the meals assembled in front of me.
Then I begin even rhythmic breathing: one count to breathe in, one count to breathe out. I do not rush the process, but instead carefully do one step at a time in assembling and packing up while bread or waffles cook in the toaster.
Off to work or school and another opportunity is walking between classes or the coffee (walking) break. Coordinate your walking by breathing in for two steps and out for two steps. This will calm your mind while the walking energizes your body.
Your lunch time may be taken up with shopping during the holiday season, but you can still maintain your peace by doing rhythmic breathing standing in line at the checkout counter.
When others are vying for your attention look at the overview and take one situation at a time. Sit down and calmly resolve each need that is presented.
Later in the day after dinner and supervising the evening routine excuse yourself to your room for a few minutes. Sit on a cushion by your bed and do some rounds of even breathing and think with appreciation on the blessings of having a lot to do, because it means you are important in othersí lives, and that what itís like to be an integral asset in the circle of humanity.
Happy Holidays to all!
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Article by Susan Helene Kramer
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