All I want for Christmas is Consciousness
Last year I had an over indulgent Christmas. I worked hard all year and then spent my holidays spending money, drinking alcohol and eating chocolate, brainwashed by the madness that surrounds Christmas. This led to my second burnout of my career and I was in bed unable to do anything for 2 months. Looking back I am grateful that I suffered this burnout because I made the decision to stop drinking alcohol (I will be one year sober on the 28th December) and it motivated me to create a conscious Christmas this year.
Here's what I learnt from my season of excess, my 11 rules of Christmas Consciousness -
- Be ruthless about your yoga practice, do not compromise this because others around you are not taking care of themselves
- "Go on it's Christmas" is not an excuse for you to eat or drink everything that is put in front of you, be mindful about your consumption
- "Oh but it's Christmas" is not an excuse for you to go bankrupt buying presents for all and sundry
- Do not listen to the radio, watch the tv or read newspapers if you want to remain conscious. The Christmas brainwashing has already begun, be mindful of how you tune into these mediums if at all
- Do not forget to set and reinforce your own boundaries. Spending time with family can make us forget that we are allowed to have boundaries. Be clear about them before the event and then you will be able to protect yourself effectively. Don't forget when confronted you can place one hand on your belly to help you connect back to your heart centre and calm yourself
- Do not be afraid to remove yourself from challenging family situations for a time out. Go for a walk, go into another room, you are allowed to take care of yourself
- Make more time for your own self care. Allow yourself at least 2 hours a day for yourself
- Remind yourself that Christmas is all about love and not about consumption and excess. Have love at the forefront of your mind
- No-one needs that extra present. Replace it with something that you have created from the heart
- Remember the magic and make memories with your loved ones that don't involve spending money. Singing carols together, playing games, going for walks, baking together
- Don't lose perspective. It's just one day of the whole year. Although perhaps you could plan to bring a little Conscious Christmas magic to every day next year
I'd love to hear how you are planning to maintain your mindfulness this Christmas. Wishing you a very Happy Conscious Christmas yogis!