The holidays are a great time for fun. The holidays are a great time for spirituality. The holidays are a great time for stress, too.
Fortunately, we’ve got something that can help you with the third so that you can get on with the other two. No matter which spiritual path one follows, with everything that folks try to accomplish during the holidays, it’s not surprising if folks feel overwhelmed, cranky or downright “bah -humbug” at points. Even if we’re working hard at making merry, we all can use a break or two during the holiday season
Let me make you an early holiday gift of one…
(It’s a gift that keeps giving…)
The next time you’re feeling anxious, angry, overwhelmed or down, instead of suffering, try this:
Take a deep breath, and
Look up at the ceiling.
(Repeat as needed…)
Give it a try now. Think of something that brings you down (income taxes, your least-favorite co-worker, cleaning out the fridge,…). Notice how it makes you feel,where it hits you in the body and in the spirit…
Then breath deep and look up. Feel the difference?
While it’s no substitute for Prozaac, most people find that when they do this, they feel more positive, centered and able to cope with whatever’s going on in their lives.
Why’s this work?
When we’re stressed, we breath in a short and shallow way. Breathing deeply and slowly triggers a mind-body connection saying “all is well”, and actually puts us in a better place, health and emotion-wise. Looking up seems to strengthen this reaction ( and when I’m facing challenges, I find looking up valuable for spiritual reasons as well…).
I like to think that we’re all hardwired with ways to change our beliefs, heal ourselves, find our centers and create our own best lives.
And, by the by, this technique is not just for the holidays, but works all year long. …
In any case, remember next time you’re feeling overwhelmed or down, breath deep and look up… and have a better day (or holiday).
PS Just a thought- don’t do this in front of your bossy aunt Margaret, your boss or any other person that is contributing to stress you’re feeling. They will surely take it the wrong way and this is the path to more stress…
For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between” and her new book “Manifesting Something Better” all from Foresight Publications, click here
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