Not sure if it is December fast approaching, the Holidays or the weather particularly nice this year but we all notice many many people around us are irritable, angry, over eating, over drinking.
For most people it is a busy time of the year. Pressure at work to achieve deadlines, from home to accomplish all those projects that were supposed to get done “before the Holidays”, our own expectations to finish the shopping, the cards, the lists, etc. It is definitely overwhelming however it would be so much better and nicer to actually enjoy it.
When we think about meditation we tend to immediately envision a sitting still yogi doing nothing. Can you imagine doing that NOW? In December?
If meditation is not even thinkable for you these days there is one thing we could still incorporate. It is done during and while you try to survive this time of the year and that is being MINDFUL
Mindfulness is the ability of just being. Being in the moment, present, accepting without any judgement. If you are paying for that first item on your list, just stay present, connect with the cashier, pay attention how you are feeling about that transaction, are you happy with what you bought? It feels right? It feels an obligation?
Try for one moment not to judge, not to think what if? Listen to how you are feeling and keep going.
Even if you don’t intend to slow down , you will, and that awareness will make your next experience more pleasant.
Probably you need to be fast and move to the next task on your list, pick up the kids from School cannot really wait, however if being in the moment, and acknowledging how you are feeling will make all the experience less stressful.
Dr. Kabat-Zinn describes mindfulness as an approach to life based on the understanding that:
“the present is the only time that any of us have to be alive – to know anything – to perceive – to learn – to act – to change – to heal”.
Just in case you decide to look further let me suggest two very good reads to start: