Monday, December 14, 2009
How to Be Mindful During the Holidays
Yes, The Holidays are full of merry and cheer but they can also be a really stressful time for everyone with get-togethers, holiday shopping, work and all kinds of other stresses and worries. Thankfully, our good friend and guru Leo Babauta of Zen Habits has turned being mindful during the Holidays into three easy steps:
1. A Simple Practice- Take an action, like eating a fruit, and do it mindfully. Savor it slowly, take in the tastes and smells. Think about the way that eating it makes you feel, and concentrate on that feeling.
2. A Simple Mantra- Each time you feel yourself getting stressed or overwhelmed, remember the fruit. Say to yourself "apple" or "banana" or whatever fruit you ate and remember what it was like to be mindful as you ate that fruit. Now do the same thing with whatever situation you are shopping, spending time with loved ones, or doing a work task. Focus on that one thing and really be in the moment with that thing or person.
3. Remember What's Important - During the stressful Holiday's remember what's most important to you. That might be your loved ones, friends, spouse, kids, significant other, or even work. Whatever that is, be passionate about it and and focus on it throughout the holidays. The rest is just noise. It's not important. Fully experience what's important to you and let the rest fade away.
Via: Zen Habits