This season brings us together to celebrate hope and light in the world. But just as important is keeping hope and light alive in our inner lives – a concept we can lose sight of when the emphasis is on festivals, gatherings and holiday rituals.
It doesn’t take much to restore this balance, however – a few quiet moments spent in thoughts, or a simple restorative action for our physical bodies can bring us closer to having a harmonious holiday season.
Respect your limits. When tired, rest. When hungry, eat. When cold, take a warm shower. When crowded, find a place to be alone for a while. Remember that it’s okay to take care of ourselves during this season, even when it seems the focus is on coming together.
Keep it simple. Parties and other social obligations can pressure us to go beyond our limitations and over-exert ourselves. Breathe deeply and meet whatever challenges this season brings with a calm air, knowing that it is okay of you cannot meet everyone’s expectations all at once.
Take breaks often. As wonderful as celebrations can be, there is just as much wonder to be found in taking a walk alone, breathing in winter air, searching for stars, or doing any other activity that reconnects you with nature and the essence of stillness in winter.
Have fun. Once you have balanced yourself with a bit of physical nourishment, spiritual self-enhancement, or positive alone time to gather your thoughts, do try to enjoy the party as best you can. It is so important to take care of ourselves, but equally essential is uniting with loved ones and family members to remind ourselves why, once a year, we set aside time to celebrate these bonds.