The Energy of Holidays and Special Events
Holidays, special events, and celebrations can bring up a great deal of stress, overwhelm, overcommitment, and exhaustion. Yet, these experiences can also be a time of deep connection, presence, love, and joy.
Parents I work with often share that the winter holidays typically feel like a race to the finish line. They describe feeling a constant need to DO MORE and that being able to relax into the present moment feels challenging, and often inaccessible. Because the running to-do list is always on their mind. By the way, most people acknowledge that these to-do lists help them stay organized, but they can also feel quite heavy and dreadful.
This experience is not unfamiliar to me. As an organizer, planner, and initiator in my family life and personal life, I know to-do lists and future-planning all too well. I’m also privy to the impulse and coping mechanism of DO MORE, which makes it challenging to just BE.
Stop. Breath. Feel. What’s coming up for you?
It’s also important to name the ways that holidays and special events can be sacred, special, and moving. Despite the perceived or created busyness of the holiday season, family celebrations, traditions, and rituals can be a time of coming together, joy, love, and connection. Families often share about the games they love playing, the food that makes their dinner unique, the movies they watch annually, and so on.
Whenever I spend the holidays in New Mexico, I love to walk through neighborhoods that are lit by luminarias with my family. We eat hot pazole soup and always have egg nog on hand.
Again, I invite you to Stop. Breath. Feel. What’s coming up for you?
The Power of Intentions
No matter what your past holidays and celebrations have been like, and no matter where you fall on the spectrum of stress and ease as you anticipate the next event or holiday, intention-setting can be a powerful practice. Intentions will support you in staying clear and grounded both individually and as a family.
Intention-setting for family celebrations and holidays can involve visualizing and naming your ideal experience, whether that be peaceful, joyful, loving, etc.. Specifically, as you set intentions, you engage in self-reflection and consider the possibilities ahead of you. An intention can serve as an anchor; it will support you in balancing your energy, especially when it comes to giving and receiving, doing and being.
The Intention-Setting Process
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