This is the time of year when we are meant to slow down a bit and focus on the things that truly matter: family, friends, sharing good food and drink, gratitude, joy, peace and goodwill towards all. Of course, it doesn’t always turn out that way. Sometimes the holidays have the opposite of the intended effect and can bring out the worst in people. Isn’t it funny how the very things and people that can bring us so much enjoyment can also be the source of so much anxiety?
The great thing, though, about the holidays, is that they happen every year, so every year is an opportunity to be our best selves. Focusing on gratitude, joy, peace and goodwill throughout the entire year is a pretty good way of ensuring that when the holidays roll around, we will already be in the swing of things. Waiting until November to start is a bit like beginning training for a marathon the week before you’re supposed to run.
Yoga is such great training for this marathon of life. Through our practice we learn to let go, experience joy, cultivate patience, feel gratitude, and create peace. We focus all of these good things inwards first, so that we can then go out into the world and exude them in our lives.
So for this holiday season I wish for you to be filled with gratitude for all the good in your life; to experience immense joy; to discover an inner peace that melts away all anxiety and frustrations; and to feel that warm sensation of compassion and goodwill towards all.
Many blessings to you and yours.
Om Shanti Om