This Holiday season kicked my ass. Not in a “hoorah I survived the holiday madness and I feel fabulous” but more in the “Yeah, I just got my ass kicked and I’m going to lay down for a long while” sort of way. I’m almost positive it is not intended to be so stressful but I nevertheless feel that way. I’m sure you can agree that running around and dealing with crowds can physically or mentally drain you after a while. I don’t think we realize it until we are lying on the floor on Christmas day, trying not to crash and burn under a pile or wrapping paper and sleep for 10 days straight. I thought being Jewish I would be somewhat immune from that feeling but I’m not. There is no better time than December 26th to take on the art of retreating.
You’re looking at this word and, “Oh no no no! I’m not going to subject myself to sitting still and instantly realizing that I suck at meditating one more time!” If you can’t meditate by sitting still, there are other ways to quiet your mind. Use an adult coloring book or listen to music with your eyes closed. Stare at the clouds or a plant. Meditation is simply bringing peace to your spirit by focusing on something outside of yourself. Happiness can be found when you calm the dialogue of your mind.
Embrace the Silence
Sometimes you and everyone around you just needs to shut their mouths for a while. I mean that line in the nicest, most genuinely concerned way possible. Really I’m looking out for your well being. Have you ever just sat in silence? At first it’s kind of weird, your mind begins filling the space with anything it can hold onto. But then it becomes kind of relieving. It’s those five minutes in the morning when you stare off out your window with a coffee before anyone gets up. Silence can bring clarity and relief to the mind, as it shows that the purity of stillness thrives among the chaos.
We all thrive off our interaction with others but being alone is one of the best ways to reconnect with yourself and your world. It doesn’t require a year long sabbatical, but giving yourself time to just be. What do you do when no one is around? You do what you desire; thus, reawakening the part of you that is not merely reacting or being influenced by others. To be alone is to understand yourself a little deeper, creating or acting upon something that is an honest reflection of you.
December 26th should not be the biggest day to return gifts at the mall but rather the day to return back to peace and find time to retreat.