Calmer, Stress-free, Happier Holidays thanks to Meditation
The holidays are a time of celebration and gathering with family and friends, a time to remember and appreciate our many blessings. Unfortunately sometimes our schedules are packed with stressful holiday shopping and gatherings. Meditation is key to enhancing a sense of joy and peace, so this holiday season make time for you, take a deep breath, go inward and refuel, even if it is just five to ten minutes every day, you will enjoy the many benefits of meditation. This sacred time is well spent and necessary for your well being.
A simple breathing meditation can restore your peace of mind. Here we share 5 benefits of meditation during the holidays:
During this joyful, festive time of year so many people tend to feel anxious or depressed. All that gift giving and holiday cheer can be exhausting. There is pressure to be happy and full of joy. And there is nothing wrong with feeling like that, meditation can help you get rid of nasty feelings of disappointment, guilt or resentment. Feel the way you feel, you are OK, you just have to accept yourself.
2- Meditation allows you to have appreciation for the good things in your life.
When your mind wanders, a heart-based meditation helps you gently return to positive feelings, allowing sensations of gratitude, love, or joy to flow with your breath. So as easy as bringing your awareness to the center of your chest and imagine your breath flowing in and out of your heart center, this will redirect the mind and replace negative emotions with positive ones, leaving you with an incomparable feeling of gratitude that will put a smile upon your face.
3- Meditation nourishes your body, heart and soul.
While we might encounter stressful circumstances during the holidays that we can’t always change immediately, the ways we relate to them we can change them with meditation for sure! No matter what the situation is, there is always room for meeting your experiences with a more tranquil mind and compassionate awareness. The holiday season can sometimes be depleting, meditation classes replenish our body minds and souls.
4- Meditation helps you stay true to your values.
November and December are full of pressure and expectations. Meditation will unleash your creativity and inspire you to dive deeply in what is truly important to you. During your quiet time, take a moment to think of the meaning of gifts, it will help you chose better. Think of all the relaxing activities you could do to feel better, healthier, lighter, free from outer pressures. Pick activities that support the life you really value and enjoy. After some minutes of meditation, grab a pen and paper and write down possibilities for this season. Maybe even a getaway trip to Xinalani’s eco-chic paradise will be a great idea for a change!
The holidays stuff us with emotions, just as our bodies get stuffed with food and drinks that we don’t normally consume during the rest of the year. In this way our emotions are tested too. Our systems of assimilation, digestion and elimination can get jeopardized if we’re not conscious enough. 5 minutes of meditation every day will have powerful effects for feeling generous, peaceful and happy! As you cultivate a neutral perspective on life your body will easily and effortlessly assimilate, digest and eliminate the delicious feast, with no long-term consequences or need for recovery.
Whether you meditate regularly or you have never tried meditation before, a simple holiday meditation will make you feel a little better! And the best part of it is that you can do it over and over again throughout the holiday season, as needed (no prescription required).
Now, take some time off, either at home or here with us at Xinalani, and enjoy happy and peaceful holidays! Don’t forget to stay in touch with us, we invite you to follow us on social media and to subscribe to our monthly newsletter to get more fun and interesting articles, promotions, recipes and much more!
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