The Holidays: An Opportunity for Stillness

 

I was in awe of snow as a little girl. I would stare out the window and watch the snow fall at night, with finger's crossed for a snow day come morning. I remember thinking how incredible it was that a weather force so powerful that it could put the whole town on pause could fall so gently. There was a certain sense of stillness about the snow. Everything seemed a little more quiet. 

Despite being intrigued by snowfall in childhood, I never grew to like winter. I don't like being cold, and I often find myself anxious and disconnected around the holidays. With all that's going on in the world this year, the holidays feel particularly bleak. (Note: mercury is also in retrograde right now, only making matters worse. Sigh.)

That being said, it's important to find time for self-care during this time of year. With all the physical and emotional chaos of the holiday season, finding time to be with yourself is helpful in staying grounded. This may look like going on a walk around the neighborhood, getting your hands dirty and making some cookies, or spending all day in your pajamas reading a book.

In order to connect with my internal experience, I find it helpful to do a body scan meditation, bringing awareness to my breath and the physical state of my body. If you'd like to try a body scan meditation, you can use this script and audio recording, which is helpful in guiding your experience, especially if you are new to this practice.

In navigating holiday commotion and winter woes, we can turn to nature to help guide us: move slowly, be gentle, and find stillness. 


The quieter you become, the more you can hear.
— Ram Dass