How funny is it that such a joyful, celebratory season is spent rushed and overwhelmed, trying to ‘get it all done’ so, at some point, we can slow down to enjoy ourselves and the company?
As you’re entering into the heart of the holiday season what would make it possible for you to feel that slowing down and connecting to yourself and those you love is something you’ll actually get to do rather than in just a few fleeting moments amongst the hurry.
Your body is where it starts.
How much joy does your body have the capacity to feel? How much overwhelm is in your system stopping you from being able to connect to the feeling of slowing down?
Wanting to feel great isn’t just a decision you make mentally and then your body follows suit. That may work a little bit, but even with the best intentions, you’ll probably still find yourself feeling an underlying anxiety and hurry.
Where in your body can you discover the capacity to both speed up and slow down, to connect?
Your heart plays the unique role of helping you stay full of energy to get it all done AND allows you to slow down and connect when the moments this season (or any moments) are asking to be savored.
Here are 3 things you can do during the holidays (or whenever you need) to enjoy it from your heart instead of manage it from overwhelm.
- Feel your heart. Place your hand on your chest and feel your heart beating inside of you. Can you feel that? It’s kind of a funny thing to realize that it is always beating, pumping life through you, and yet you don’t have to consciously be aware of it for it to work! That being said, just like any good friend, your heart loves when you spend time with it. Even just a few moments a day of bringing your awareness out of your thoughts and to your heart will help it do it’s job even better. Does your heart have more energy to give? Does it want to slow down a bit? Does it want to focus a bit more on the present rather than into a future or past stress or worry? These are all things you’ll start to notice as you bring attention to your heart and then from there you can decide what actions or way of taking action would feel the best, rather than just running on autopilot. There is science to prove that doing this works wonders for your health…but we’ll save that for another day. If that’s something you’d love to know more about leave me a comment and let me know!
2. Let it dance and move you. In the same way that bringing your awareness to your heart will act as a refresher for your whole system, adding a little movement to that attention will take it even further! You can put on a bit of music or just move and breath to your own rhythm and as you move see if you can imagine your heart initiating all the movement. Let it move in all directions- forward, back, side-to-side, up and down, in circles, lifting up the right side, and the left. Let it move you! The more you do this the more you’ll notice your own inspiration and instincts coming in to guide your movement. Be sure as you slowly wind down your movement you take a moment to notice how it feels
- Listen. Once you’ve moved and connected to your heart you can connect to a deep sense of stillness just by listening to your heart. No need to have anything in particular, you’re listening for but simply spending time with your heart, noticing how it feels now that you’re connecting to it and letting it move.
These tips are all inspired by tools that I use to support myself and that teach in Franklin Method workshops, along with insights that come up in Universal Health Principles sessions. Your body holds all the answers and the more you can feel connected to the wisdom embedded within you, the less you’ll have to rely on out-dated, faulty advice or suggestions given from an opinion rather than the foundation and perfect intelligent design of your body.
Wishing you a beautiful holiday season filled with connection and joy!