December 23, 2010
So I got a few last-minute Christmas gifts today. Why? It was my husband’s request. And I have to say it felt pretty good, you know? No frenzy. No worries. It was like this part of the gift hunting was gravy, like the cherry on top. There’s something to be said for holding off until the idea strikes you (of course, I’m not talking about procrastination here ~ just an ease and grace that comes with taking it slowly!).
But first, consider my conversation with my husband this morning.
(background sound ~ *Chuscha chuscha* the scrubbing of a broom. Husband is washing the tiled hallway on the top floor for the first time in two years.)
Husband: Are you going to Expert (think Circuit City) today?
Me: (considerable pause b/c I was actually headed to the gym) No.
Husband: Oh, because if you were…
Me: What do you need?
Sound abruptly stops.
Husband: That sports video game for the Xbox I bought…for our son.
Me: Okay. I’ll get it. But this year there’d better be a reaaaaaally good gift for me waiting under that Christmas tree.
Watch this video (thanks to www.latebloomerbride.com for first posting it there)!
Guess who’s watching it next? Woof! 🙂
December 6, 2010
The month of December is stressful for a lot of people. The holidays add to the tension and for some, light deprivation deeply affects our moods. During this season of light (or lack thereof!), we need to engage in empowering activities that bring the love closer. Because I am sensitive to the lack of light at this time of year, I engage in a self-made winter empowerment program. It involves exercise, lots of pomegranate juice and practices of self-forgiveness during moments of crankiness.
When I came upon Barbara Kilikevich’s book, A Mindful Christmas: How to Create a Meaningful, Peaceful Holiday, I felt a sense of relief. Moving beyond the consumer madness, we can rejoice in knowing our bodies are allowed move a little slower at this time of year. After all, bears hibernate. Why shouldn’t we?
Helpful tips from Barbara’s Website include:
∙ Organize your Christmas so that it is less stressful
∙ Add Meaning to your Christmas season without added expense
∙ Protect the Christmas Spirit in children
∙ Remember what you love most about Christmas (it isn’t gifts)
∙ Avoid post holiday let down
∙ Glide smoothly back into reality after it is all said and done
Celebrate your holiday slow-style by remembering less is more and more is too much!
December 19, 2009
This is a truly remarkable story about a family that gives gifts they already have that they think others would like. And in the process, they have a lot of fun.
December 14, 2009
Oh rest ye merry gentlemen…
Our house is bursting with holiday cheer. The naked Christmas tree is about to be adorned with every bulb we’ve ever owned , not to mention all the holiday trinkets my mom has managed to send us over the years.
Voluntarily, I slid in the Kids Pop Holiday CD on my way to pick up my daughter who happened to miss the school bus home. Jet out in the snow to the place I had just returned because said daughter went into the school house to warm up when the bus was late, then missed it altogether?
Christmas time is near after all. And while ye merry gentlemen get to rest, I get to drive in a half-blizzard to gather the neighborhood kids (along with mine) because I’m just that kind of gal.
For the first time in my life I have come to appreciate winter time. What better way to slow down than encase the Earth in ice? You can’t drive fast. In fact, sometimes all you can do is sit by the fire and read, snuggled up on the couch.
It has just now gotten cold. The snow adds to the cheer of the season. Cold out. Warm within. You’ve just got to love it.
So while we toss the tinsel and hum a merry tune, I’ll be thinking how nice it feels to rest like the trees, sucking in their sap until March when the warmth of the sun returns to replenish our supply of verdant vibrance.
Have a slow holiday. You deserve it!
December 3, 2009
This has got to be the best three minutes I’ve spent all day. Sit back and enjoy. I laughed so hard I cried. It will brighten your spirits. Guaranteed!
December 2, 2009
My article on the top ten ways to slow down this holiday season has found resonance in quite a few places. It seems we become so harried this time of year. And yet it is the season of light where the Earth is the darkest.
So as a reminder here are ten simple ways to live the power of slow in shorthand. The great news is you can apply them all year. There’s no time like the present to give them a whirl!
1. Create gadget-free spaces. Don’t talk to the hand. Talk face-to-face with other people.
2. Try snail mail. Write a thank-you letter, not an email.
3. Busy is a mindset. Try saying the words “I have time.”
4. Disengage from clock combat. Instead of watching it like a hawk, embrace it like a dove.
5. Manage expectations. If Little Johnny’s not getting that $1,000 mountain bike, don’t choose Christmas morning to tell him.
6. Eat mindfully. You are what, and how, you eat.
7. Banish multitasking. It will wear you thin in the long-run. Studies show it does not save you time (nor is it neurologically possible to focus on more than one thing at a time anyway so stop trying!).
8. Say ‘no’ with kindness. Acknowledge, show interest, then politely decline.
9. Slay your inner pig-dog, that procrastinating self that says ‘now is never a good idea’.
10. Embrace time abundance, the notion that you have more than enough time to do what is required to fulfill your ultimate purpose.
Your purpose this holiday? To celebrate with joy, love, and laughter. Share your time with someone else. It is the greatest gift you can give.