How to Stay Centered During the Holiday Season


The holiday season is upon us. Right around the corner are parties, gift exchanges and family gatherings. While these can be wonderful, they can also be stressful. So how best to cope?

Meditation.

For about two months, I had been rushing into my day. The minute I opened my eyes, my mind focused on my endless to-do list. I figured I would get to my meditation/quiet time later. But inevitably, the day would end without me making that sacred appointment with myself—and my mood showed it.

But on those days when I did meditate, the day flowed easily and effortlessly. I didn’t misplace my office keys. I didn’t get stuck in traffic. I didn’t have miscommunications at the office.

Do Not DisturbWhen I connected those dots, I recommitted to sitting in the stillness—before my day got underway.

If you would like to incorporate meditation/quiet time into your morning routine to help you move through the holidays—or any day—with ease and grace, follow these 4 tips:

  1. Stop your to-do list from kicking in by visualizing a stop sign on the center of your forehead (your 3rd eye) immediately after you wake up.
  2. Say to yourself, “I will sit down now.”
  3. Move to your “special space”—a place in your home where you won’t be disturbed. In my space, I have a comfortable chair, a side table that holds my two favorite crystals, a candle and a diffuser with my favorite essential oil (Frankincense). I find sitting without music provides stillness with which I can relax and focus. Create a space that feels good to you.
  4. Find the meditation technique that works best for you. There are no right or wrong ways to meditate. Even if you just sit quietly for five minutes, you’ll benefit.

I believe you’ll find as I did that when I start my day in this way, my day flows easily with no worries. At the end of the day, when I ask, “Am I at peace?” the answer is a resounding “yes!”

This mantra says it best for me:

“I trust life moving forward in a positive way for my highest good.”