Ever find yourself inundated with thoughts, distractions, to-do lists, doubts and worries? In these overwhelming times, our first instinct is to do more, to work faster, to function at a higher frequency. That might be the norm - but what if we did the opposite? What if instead, we responded to stress with a calm state of mind? What if we looked these daily barrages straight in the face and decided that it is enough just to be?
While "being" is our natural state, we often drift away from it slowly but surely. It's essential that we find time every day to focus on being. Particularly at this time of year, keep in mind that you will make the most out of this precious time with family and friends if you can be completely present. In order to do this, you might need a little inspiration.
When your head is full of grocery shopping lists, guest bedroom sleeping arrangements, airport pick-ups and so on, the concept of "being" can feel a little distant, a little esoteric, and sometimes a little unattainable. In these moments, this is the best time to take a walk out in nature, or even visualize the experience.
The trees, the flowers, the animals - anything you come across in nature is a beautiful embodiment of being. From the 200-year-old tree to the hibernating squirrel, these examples in nature teach us that there is no use in lingering on the past or worrying about the future. Both are present, both are being. As you walk, breathe the crisp air, observe the color palette of the leaves, hear birds chirping - all of these experiences will help return you to your body, and to your own state of being.
The next time the hustle and bustle of the holidays starts to overwhelm you, take an alternate route. Set intentions, meditate, journal, take a few deep breaths, and above all, remember to just be.