This Christmas, Be Present
Merry Christmas, Daily Life Family!
If you haven’t gotten around to giving yourself a Christmas gift yet this year, now is the time
You might be busy hustling, trying to find happiness somewhere in the endless Christmas parties and dinners. It can be easy to get caught up in to-do lists, gift lists, budgets, and dinner plans. But when was the last time you paused and checked in with yourself?
The true path to happiness is in the present moment, inside you, not somewhere in your environment. This Christmas, give yourself the gift of your presence.
We can choose to cleanse and raise our energy by being fully immersed in the present moment and actively controlling our thoughts. I know that sounds a little hippy-dippy, but let me break down the practical benefits you could reap from
Real Benefits of Being Present
Being present allows you to stop worrying.
Since worry and anxiety typically stem from too much focus being placed either in the past or the future, letting go of everything that isn’t affecting you right now gives you the space to relax and situate yourself in the moment. The stress hormones in your body that cause aging (a process called oxidative stress) consequently diminish as well when you learn how to become present. You’ll find you have less inflammation and chronic pain when you’re not exclusively living in the past or future. You can enjoy the pleasures of your senses, connect more deeply with those close to you, and even learn something new about yourself or someone else that can truly help you grow and learn.
Being present also allows us to take a mental inventory of the thoughts that are constantly streaming through our head.
When we start to notice those thoughts (Buddhist meditation focuses on this a lot), we can learn to become observant of our thoughts without allowing them to manifest into unwanted feelings or behaviours. When we become present, we enter into a creative space where we can begin to navigate the very essence of our energy and how we attract things to us. When you are able to take responsibility for the unconscious thought patterns you’re having, you can essentially retrain and reprogram yourself to think in ways that don’t activate an anxious response.
There is a higher law of the Universe that states energy flows where attention goes, and we must become present if we are going to direct that flow. Once we have grabbed the reins of our own sleigh, it’s time to deliver some cheer so we can magnify the energy around us. Now let’s get to it. Here’s how to become present and magnify cheer.
How to Become Present This Christmas
First, focus on your breath. We know you’ve heard this a million times, but forcing yourself to pause and think only about your breath is the first step to becoming present in any situation and it will get easier to do this with time and practice. Breathing happens in real time and brings your awareness into your physical body.
Observing and actively controlling your breath gives your mind something specific to think about. As you regulate your breath, it calms your body so your racing thoughts can slow down. Check in and notice how your body is feeling and see if it needs anything to raise your vibes. Maybe you need to rest, drink water, stretch, or take a walk. Maybe you’re hangry. We’ve all been there. What can you do for yourself now, in this moment, that will allow you to feel more comfortable?
Once you’ve focused in on your breath, the only thing left to do is to raise those vibes. This is where the power of affirmations come in. You can state an affirmation in your mind or out loud until you feel your energy shift. Words are a natural way to get our attention focussed on something of our choice. Choose an affirmation that makes you feel great and repeat it until you feel it in your body.
Anything that requires your undivided focus can help you become present. Writing, drawing, cooking, or any other creative hobby allows you to have unstructured time where the imagination can work on building positive energy. Sometimes your mind says, ‘work harder’ but your heart says, ‘sleep in and cuddle.’ The heart knows the way, especially this time of year. Be willing to listen to yours.
Give yourself the gift of being present this year and watch how your stress unwinds. As you become present and direct your thoughts to the themes of this holiday such as joy, hope, love, and as cheesy as it sounds, ‘being merry,’ you can indeed find the magic of Christmas that children experience so easily because they almost always live in the present. The only thing we have as adults that children don’t is the maturity to be able to guide our thoughts, whereas a child simply consumes and reacts to information as it comes.
People who aim to live a mindful life speak a different language, the language of high-vibe energy. The more you practice, the more you’ll realize that being present allows you to accomplish our goals easier and faster, the more we want to discover the gold in the present moment. And the more joy we find, the more our brain understands and remembers how to access it.
Whenever you are and whoever you’re with this Christmas, take a moment to be with just yourself. You made it through another year, and you deserve to celebrate yourself.
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