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Mindful : December 2017
PARTING THOUGHT One of the biggest sources of stress this time of year is that instead of getting a break from our normal busy lives, we usually fill them with more activity, more obligation, and more oppor tunities to get overdrawn. Self-care and pacing are key if you want to stay healthy and actually enjoy the holiday season. For many of us, the holi- days present a mixed bag of emotions. We always talk about celebrating and being with loved ones, but it can also be a tremen- dously lonely or painful time. This is especially true if you’ve recently experienced a loss. If the blues threaten to color the season, try taking some preventive steps. Attending to your needs is the highest form of self-care. Know your triggers and take steps to minimize them. This might mean Expecting the holiday blues? skipping certain events or limiting your interactions with some people. Maybe you need to make separate meals, filling up with nour- ishing foods, or bring a non- alcoholic beverage to enjoy at a party. Make it a point to get enough sleep and to fit in exercise. And what about alone time? If you struggle with loneliness or sadness around the holidays, consider taking a retreat that supports your well-being and puts you around others who forgo the traditional celebrations. Whether you follow a faith tradition or just enjoy the festivities, be mindful of the reason for the season. If you can focus your atten- tion on the gifts already in your life, the holidays will likely be far more enjoyable and fulfilling. What are you grateful for, really? Not just the big- ticket items, like enjoying good health or a loving partner. What about the small graces, the synchron- icities that make life more What do you appreciate? interesting—reconnecting with an old friend via Face- book, a cool new project at work, the fact that your kid doesn’t need braces after all? These ever yday things are often overlooked by our “bigger and better” mentality, but they’re what create richness in life. The more attention you bring to these seemingly trivial joys, the more of them you’ll notice, everywhere, even long after the holidays have passed. ● 866.339.4198 Keycode MFA DharmaC r a f t s Meditation Cushions Inspirational Jewelry Home Furnishings since 1979 dharmacrafts.com DharmaCrafts since 1979 DharmaC r a f t s since 1979 dharmacrafts.com THE CATALOG OF MEDITATION SUPPLIES Call for Volume Pricing for Meditation Cushions 866.339 .4198 Keycode MFA December 2017 mindful 35