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A Message for The Holidays

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Hi, welcome back to

your Daily Mindfulness.

In this session, we're going to

explore relating to the holiday season.

So we are in the holiday season right now.

You may celebrate different holidays

depending on where you're living, your

background, but this does tend to be a

time of the year where there is a focus

on the holiday season and coming together.

And it can bring up different

things for different people.

For some, it can be a very

cheerful time of year.

It's an opportunity to

connect with family.

Maybe slow down, maybe

do a lot of shopping.

On that note, it can also be very

stressful time of year for many.

There's just a lot to do.

Maybe following certain scripts

about what should be done at

this time of year and making sure

you keep up with everyone else.

It can also be really painful for many.

Maybe we don't have people to connect

with during this time of year or

it's the first year or many years

that we're spending it alone, or

it brings up memories of how things

used to be, and that can be painful.

So I just want to acknowledge that

this is a period of time that brings

with it so many different experiences.

And sometimes we can have

these expectations for how it's

supposed to unfold or what we're

supposed to be experiencing.

And especially when it comes to the

media, there are all these scripts about

how this time of year should play out.

And I really want to give you permission

to just toss all of those aside.

If you want to relate to this

in that way, you're welcome to.

Of course, sometimes we can

have a lot of fun with them.

But how do you want to relate to this

experience to this time of the year?

What feels right for you?

Is it about family and connection?

And if so, what would it be

like to really prioritize that?

If it's about gift-giving and presence,

and you're excited about that, what

would it be like to really focus on

your excitement in that way, rather

than playing out the script, but

really letting yourself enjoy that

process so that it is fulfilling.

If this is a time that is bringing up

some pain, what would it be like to

acknowledge the pain that is there, but

also orient to yourself in a loving way?

Allow this to be an opportunity for

connection, perhaps with yourself,

or to reach out to some people who

you haven't talked to in awhile.

Reach out to friends and say like,

actually it would be really good to

connect, I'm in need of that right now.

That might be a growth edge for you.

So when we let go of the ideas of

what this time period should be

like, it gives us more permission

to really attune to what we need

and what would feel good to us.

And there are so many different

ways for it to unfold.

I guess, just from my perspective and us

here at Mindfulness.com, we want to let

you know that, that we're here for you,

we're thinking about you, we're grateful

that you're on this journey with us.

And as always, thank

you for your practice.

It's not just for you, but it's

for your relationships, your

communities and our world at large.

And we're grateful to be

on that journey with you.

Thanks so much.

Let's settle in for today's meditation.

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