As we head into the last part of the year, it seems like the calendar takes on a life of its own; holidays, gatherings, and to-do lists can start to create unnecessary intensity. Whether you’re a seasoned caregiver, or this is your first trip to this particular rodeo, the holidays can bring their own special kind of overwhelm into the mix.
It really doesn’t have to be that way, though. You can meditate yourself into a place of empowerment that can change your perception of stressors and allow you to find peace of mind. I know it sounds out of reach, but trust me - as a mom of 3 young kids, I know a bit about holiday stress. Try these 3 simple techniques right now, and see what a difference they make!
1 .Give yourself permission to be at peace.
Yes, it may seem impossible, or selfish, or even a little silly to be thinking about your own peace of mind at this moment; and yet, when you can give yourself space to feel at peace, everything else becomes just a little bit easier. Things seem to be gentler. While they may look different in this season of your life, peace and calm are still available to you.
Pause between tasks to simply close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. As you breath, allow your heart rate to slow down and your muscles to relax (especially your jaw and your shoulders, we tend to carry a lot of tension there). Remind yourself that while you may not be able to change the circumstances around you, you can always choose to set your mind to peace and calm. Visualize the Universe handing you a permission slip — one that gives you a pass on feeling like you have to do all the things right this minute. It can make a world of difference in how you feel at the end of the day.
2. Take a moment to get grounded.
When we’re grounded, we’re able to be fully present for whatever is unfolding around us, without it knocking us off our feet. It helps with decision-making and confidence, which can be in short supply if caring for a loved one is unfamiliar territory for you.
Visualize yourself connected to the earth by a cord or tether: see or even feel a line of energy, perhaps, or a tree trunk, that extends from the base of your spine all the way down to the center of the earth. Allow that grounded feeling to bring your awareness and attention to the present moment. From that grounded base, see yourself standing tall and capable, even assume a Superman pose for a moment. Roll your shoulders back, lift your chin, and put your hands on your hips. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Feel the difference?
3. Fill in with your gold sun — renew and recharge your energy.
In order to continually bring your best to the situation at hand, you need to recharge yourself often. It’s not selfish, it’s actually essential. Think about the heart for a moment: what organ does it pump blood to first? It pumps blood to…itself. In order to supply the rest of your body with the blood that it needs, your heart first ensures that it has what it needs to do its job. Same goes for you; truly, you are less effective when you are working from a place of feeling depleted.
When time is tight and you need a quick pick-me-up, your gold sun can help you feel more like yourself and give you an energy boost. Simply notice that you have a gold sun following you around, hovering just above you pouring radiant gold light around you. That gold light belongs to you, it matches you perfectly and fills all the spaces in and around you with your unique energy. Close your eyes and let healing gold light fill your inner vision. Let if fill your entire body, and surround you 365 degrees. Notice how your body reacts, and how your mind feels clearer.
For more on these and other active meditation techniques, visit www.daringspirits.com and check out the AMP (Active Meditation Practice) Program. You can also follow Daring Spirits on Facebook and Instagram, and sign up for their newsletter; let them help create a little oasis for you in this busy time.
Meet the Author
Barbara Holbrook is the co-creator of Daring Spirits, and she's made a career out of her calling - to help people ignite visions within themselves and bring those visions to life. She's also a recovering perfectionist type-A Virgo who practices embracing the messiness and imperfections in life every day (some days, it's easier than others!).