It’s December and this month comes with a lot of feelings.
We’re excited about being together with our loved ones for the holidays, anticipate the new year and are eager to end the year on a good note.
But along with that, December also gives us a constant feeling of ‘being behind’ on what we want to do and how much we’re supposed to do.
We wish we were able to do a lot of things easily in terms of what goals we’d like to tick off, what we could buy, what we could gift, how we could celebrate, and all the places we could go on the holidays.. but when this can’t be turned into reality, it creates a lot of frustration and stress in us.
So it’s important to remind yourself that you’re doing the best you can.
There is no need to compare yourself with anyone. Just be grateful for how much you are being able to do and do it sincerely and with an open heart.
If you’re not satisfied with how much you can do now in your life, pray and believe that you will be able to change your situation in the coming years.
KNOW that your time will come.
But for now, the most important thing is with what heart you are doing because: it is the heart that is important.
Remember, it’s not what you do, but how you do it that matters.
Even if you hold just a small get-together at your home with your loved ones, make them feel warm, and welcome and be with them fully and give them your joyful, listening presence.
They will feel it in their heart too.
I always feel that we can do the same thing in two completely different ways.
For example, if you’re preparing food for your guests or cleaning your home, you can do it with anger about how much you have to do and take it as a burden and complain about when the festivities will be over and done with.
Or you can do the same thing with joy, gratitude and the feeling of ‘being able to do this’ that in turn creates more joy.
If there is something that you have to do anyway regardless of how much you complain and stress about it, then why not do it joyfully, easily and mindfully?
This simply requires a small shift in attitude.
But don’t overdo anything. Remember to take breaks, have little me-time moments even amid your chores and don’t forget to say “No” where necessary.
Determine to be joyful. Determine to not complain.
Also, I feel mindfulness during holidays and at the end of the year is especially required.
Mindfulness automatically relaxes us and eases us. It makes us feel more thankful and in touch with our feelings, so that we may not judge our feelings, but simply observe them.
This season requires kindness from you to you and also to those around you.
Not everyone gets to spend the holidays together with loved ones.
If you’re alone this holiday, do indulge in self-care, enjoy a slow holiday with yourself, make space to do things you love and get in tune with your innermost self.
Don’t let the lesser emotions get the better of you. Instead, give them love and kindness.
This season comes but once a year, so why not make it lighthearted, and joyful and reflect peace, warmth and light from inside our hearts too?
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