Tis the season!!!
Are you enjoying it like a kindergartner? Are you filled with anticipation, joy and laughter? Or are you finding yourself at the corners of Bah-humbug Street and Grinch Avenue? If you are, it’s time to embrace your own Inner Spirit. Your fuel tank is on low. To make it through the holidays with more Joy, it’s time to refuel.
Kindergartners refuel all the time so can you. They refuel by taking their afternoon naps and by following simple instructions to make life easy! Certainly naps are not possible for everyone on most days. But, following simple instructions is. Try something like: Stop. Look & Listen. To embrace your own inner spirit, you can easily do this too:
Stop: Close your eyes and take a deep breath and focus on your intention of the season.
Look: into your own heart and hear it’s beat and feel the rhythm of your bodies systems.
Listen: For the answer to this question: What is the next best step for me to take right now?
Carry On: Move forward in alignment with the rhythms of your own body & soul following the answer you received.
By doing this, you are indeed finding a simple way to begin to embrace your Own Inner Spirit. Of course there are other ways and you might find them in this call. But, taking a moment to be still and connect with self for wisdom allows day to day chores, errands, activities, projects and parties to flow easily with great joy!
Try it and see how it might help. Did it work? What other ways can you quickly slow down to find more joy?
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Love this Laura. I am channeling my holiday grateful angels!
Comment by phyllis — December 10, 2012 @ 12:15 pm
Laura, how did you know my address? Just kidding; I’m not really a humbug, but I do get myself completely stressed about buying holiday gifts. Your third point seems so powerful to me: “Listen: For the answer to this question: What is the next best step for me to take right now?” I’m off to try it. Merci!
Laura Clark Reply:
December 10th, 2012 at 8:25 pm
You’re welcome, Lori! That address is frequented by so many right now…it’s not hard to know! I’m in the list making stage of gift shopping and I’m saying as I open catalogs…what is the next best present to appear? and lo and behold the gloves that my
appeared on the next page! It works ! KEEP SMILING
Comment by Lori Nash Byron — December 10, 2012 @ 5:27 pm
Thank you Laura!
Yes, I don’t think I do this enough. Particularly at night time – my head is still buzzing with thoughts of the day..
So I’m going to give this a go tonight, and really stop, look and listen, and trust that everything will be OK!
Comment by Sarada Chaudhuri — December 11, 2012 @ 7:59 am
I love this: Stop, Look and Listen. I think we spend way too much time racing through our day. I am going to make it a point to follow your advice.
Comment by Stephanie — December 11, 2012 @ 8:09 pm
Such wise words! I love the last step: follow your heart (after the stop, look, and listen steps). Thanks, Laura!
Laura Clark Reply:
December 12th, 2012 at 10:38 am
Yes…..i’m not sure that would be good for kindergarteners though 😉 Mayhem might take place but then again, that’s what makes that age group so spectacular!!!!!!!!!!
Comment by Sandi Gordon — December 12, 2012 @ 9:53 am
Kindergartners have this sewn up because they are always at play. How can we “play” more in every moment? More and more, I’m allowing myself to play at work. The dance of ideas and words on the page. Not taking it all so seriously. And instead of cookies and milk in the afternoons, raw almond butter with raw honey!
Though, that Moose Munch my honey just brought into the house looks pretty good, too.
Laura Clark Reply:
December 13th, 2012 at 8:55 pm
Kindergartners like moose munch!!! But, i don’t think they stop when they see it 😉
Comment by Nancy Tierney — December 13, 2012 @ 11:58 am
Hi Laura! I pre-plan my week so that I get all of the important stuff accomplished and that important stuff includes taking care of my health and napping. As for holidays, although I love to cook, I am 34 weeks PG and am relinquishing control over the holiday meal. Presents? Kids only because it’s fun to shop for kids. Always focus on what makes you happy and let go of the rest – including the stress that can come with it. Thanks Laura! Janet
Comment by Janet — December 13, 2012 @ 5:10 pm
I definitely don’t play enough, but I do take cat naps if I’m home. And my early mornings, even before I get out of bed are some powerful times of meditation for me to look within. Thanks Laura!
Comment by Linda DiBella — December 13, 2012 @ 10:28 pm
Wish I could say I was like a kindergartner! One of the things I’ve come to know about myself is that I’ve lost my child-like sense of play. Take myself too seriously, I suppose. Have not lost my sense of wonder, though, thankfully.
My way of replenishing myself is to take walks in the woods with my dogs but more often than not, I find myself sitting at my desk waaay too long. Need to make it a habit to get out in nature more often during the day.
Comment by Lilia Lee — December 14, 2012 @ 2:00 pm