Self-Help For the Holidays
This season is all about you. Your family and friends are counting on your presence mentally, emotionally, spiritually and maybe even physically if you can swing the plane ticket this year. The holiday season shouldn’t be the first time we have thought about what we want to receive into our lives, and certainly we don’t need to wait to make a New Year’s resolution. As we focus on giving gifts to others and as we focus on taking into consideration what we want for ourselves, let’s not get caught up in the hype of sales, gimmicks and quick temporary fixes for our happiness. Nothing can come close to inner peace. No cashmere sweater will make us warm and fuzzy on the inside–not for long.
This year lets get focused and aware. Let’s start this very moment to become aware of what is important to us and what is not. What have you been denying yourself? What have you been denying others? Sometimes we don’t notice that we are in a state of denial. We need to be giving of ourselves and giving to ourselves at all times. When we have fulfilled our own needs, we can easily give our overflow to others.
In this day and age many people see reasons to be unhappy and feel like there isn’t much to go around. People are stuck in a lack-minded perspective. Instead let us be thankful and grateful for the gift of non-materialism. Maybe we don’t need 17 pairs of shoes and maybe we don’t need to buy overstock of every sale item. What if we bought just enough? What if we understood that we can have anything we could ever want, but at the same time, what if we saw little value in material things? Could we then de-clutter our lives, our houses and get rid of our hang ups?
This year consider re-gifting an already loved item. Hand-make a gift. Or better yet just be present. Literally be “the present” by being here and now. Be totally aware and incredibly focused. The greatest gift you have to give is that of yourself. By being aware and present, in the present moment. As the age old saying goes, “The past is history, tomorrow’s a mystery, today is a gift and that is why we call it the present.”