So often when planning for the holiday season we can get stressed. Whether dealing with family dynamics, planning to navigate holiday parties, or fitting in family time in busy holiday schedules. So I have put together a list of mindfulness tips to help reduce stress and bring a calming peace to your holiday season.
“Mindfulness” has become quite the buzzword in popular culture today. While we could argue that its vogue-like emergence is just another fashionable trend – embraced, paraded and glamorized by both health enthusiasts and socialites alike – I would suggest that what we are really seeing is something far more significant. I would also suggest that the practice of mindfulness itself actually has some very important implications for where our civilization is going.
Like most women my age, I grew up with the awe-inspiring archetype of Wonder Woman.
I remember as a child feeling enamored and drawn to that character, a strong, powerful, magical woman, who was here to save the world.
In a sea of male Superheroes, she held her own, she stood her ground, she was sensitive and compassionate, she paved the way unapologetic and determined. Wonder Woman helped me to relate to myself as different, as at that point I didn’t know that I was an Empath; I just knew there was something ‘not the same’ about me.
In the fast-paced world in which we live, even the sturdiest people can face health issues. It stands to reason, then, that people who classify themselves as highly sensitive, or who identify themselves as Empaths, can struggle even more. It is now widely recognized by scientists, doctors, psychologists, and other healthcare practitioners that stress and toxicity in the body can lead to a whole host of health challenges, potentially leading to disease.
For the average person living life in a highly populated city, stress and toxicity abound, from food, water, and air quality to family obligations and a stressful work environment! Add to this the emotional, mental, and sometimes spiritual toxicity that people also have to deal with, and you start to get the picture of why so many highly sensitive people struggle with their health, as we Empaths feel these toxic inputs at a much increased level.
Grounding is the concept of having your consciousness fully engaged within your mental, emotional, and physical body. If you are a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) or an Empath, being present in the physical world is about the most important thing you can do to improve your quality of life. If you are ungrounded or reactive to your surroundings, you will be less effective at managing the increased information you receive every single day. This can lead to over-stimulation and hyper-sensitivity, which results in a reactive and defensive state of being. That’s simply no fun for anyone.
If you identify yourself as being a highly sensitive person (HSP) or an Empath, then the current energetic climate is probably pretty terrible for you. What you may experience is a growing sense of impending . . . well, that something really, really bad is about to happen. You probably can’t quite put your finger on why you feel the way you do, and you may have thought more than once, ‘Am I going crazy?’ or ‘What the hell is wrong with me?’
If you often feel over-sensitive, highly emotional, and exceptionally intuitive, then you may just be an Empath.
For many of us living with heightened sensitivities, emotional acuity, and deep intuition, we struggle to find the relevance, meaning, and acknowledgment we so deeply yearn for. Instead we are often met with comments such as “You’re so sensitive!” or “Just toughen up!” or “Stop crying!” For those of us born as a Highly Sensitive Person, that’s far easier said than done. The consequences of other people’s opinions often mean that we internalize or feel shame, or we try to hide our baffling emotions and the intense sensations we experience.
You were born in the age of Ignorance – the more you know, the more anxious you become, the more you try, the more energy you lose. Sounds familiar? This is what most of people’s lives looks like. You believe that getting more knowledge and putting more effort is the only way to reach something in your life. But is it really true? Haven’t you ever noticed that when you give up trying so hard, things starts to flow? When you give up a desire, it finally manifests in your life? Well this is what the so-called Golden age is about.
Is it my imagination, or are most organisations looking for more and more ways of being more efficient and more effective? Looking for savings here, making cuts there? It seems to have become endemic, an automatic reaction to any poor results or desire for greater profits. But where is the wisdom in all of this?
Kirtan Kriya is given for everything from breaking negative mental patterns that hold us back from achieving our dreams to establishing emotional balance, heightening intuition & increasing radiance. It also will help to release deeply held impressions from past negative sexual encounters, cleanses the aura, arc line & psyche. It reestablishes your aura as your own, gifting you with clarity, joy & vibrance. In fact, this meditation is considered the highest meditation for a woman in the teachings of Kundalini Yoga and was one of the first meditations that Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga taught.