Applying Mindfulness and being in the moment has helped me to avoid increasing stress. By observing my experiences in the present moment, I am able to take in little things that may often go unnoticed. This Christmas, I traveled from South Florida to Upstate New York to spend Christmas with my family. In the airport. there was some stress due to delays and overwhelmed travelers. Using many mindful breaths and positive thinking helped me arrive comfortably. In New York, the 20 degree weather was bone chilling at first. Although it was a bit unpleasant, I felt some joy in the refreshing crispness in the air.
On Christmas Eve, my parents and I drove to my Aunt’s home to begin the festivities. I sat in the car and watched the beautiful decorations people had displayed on their lawns. A Christmas song came on the radio. “Once the holidays get here, my spirit is gone.” My father sighed. He went on to explain how he feels excited in planning, decorating and baking, but once Christmas arrives, it becomes hard to enjoy because it will soon be over. I am sure many people share in his anticipatory excitement and dread when the holiday comes to an end.
Mindfulness is the perfect gift someone can give themselves to fully enjoy their holiday. By focusing on each moment, as it unfolds, there is no room to worry about, “what’s next?” or “this is almost over.” When I found myself thinking these common thoughts, I brought myself back to where I was. I was able to enjoy the surroundings of my family members, good discussions and great food. Being more mindful makes me appreciate my family and the many things we are grateful for.
I wish everyone a happy, safe and mindful New Year!!