Merry Christmas Eve! The end of the year has me sick as a dog…not a cute dog, either. I look more like a hang-dog.
I think that my body has said STOP. ENOUGH. DONE. Not a surprise, I have to say. In my rush to get through the lists of everything that I have to do – you know, finishing errands and catching up on emails – my body and mind has gone kaput. The Shining Moment is that I am a wee bit relieved about it, because in being shut down, my spirit has awakened (again!) to the value and of practicing slowness. It is an evolving life lesson for me. I love living a speedy-Gonzalez life, but I also love a slow life. I’m still working on finding a balance between the two.
So, on this Christmas Eve – with the gifts wrapped for my friends who celebrate – I am giving myself the gift of slowness. After all there is no better gift than that, I believe. Below are some of the things that I am doing today and tomorrow. They are things that I (and you!) already know, but that I don’t do often enough. The key is practicing them and thereby creating a habit.
- Be grateful for what there is right here, right now.
- Slow down instead of rushing.
- Really notice everything about the moment, and find small things to appreciate.
- Pause to savor the current moment.
Happy Holidays to one and all!