Take some deep breaths! On a busy and fun filled day like Christmas, it is especially important to take some time to yourself. Even if it is only for a few minutes, try and take a bit of time to focus on your breath and meditate on what today means to you. When I speak with people about meditation, they often think that they must sit cross legged and chant. On the contrary, meditation can take many forms—prayer, focus on nature, yoga or another form of exercise, guided imagery, listening to music, reading scripture or a devotional, etc. Do what works best for you. The important step is that it brings you back to your center, back to a focused place where you feel more balanced and whole. Try to stay in the moment today rather than fretting over when the ham will be done, when guests will arrive, or if your children will like their gifts. Ask yourself periodically, “What am I thinking about?” If it isn’t what is happening right at that time, try to refocus your energy. I know this can be tough, that is why it is called a mindfulness practice.
I hope that your Christmas is a very merry one. I hope that it is filled with many blessings for you and yours!