Happy Monday! How are you? For those of you in the U.S. we hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. December starts tomorrow (wow, time flies) and we are excited that it is holiday time! But, with this time of year comes a lot of festivities that take us away from our regular routine and so on this #MindfulnessMonday, we want to take a few moments to talk about balance.
As the holiday events start, so does the eating, the drinking, the less sleep perhaps, and for many a whole slew of emotions. We think it is great to indulge this time of year in that chocolate peppermint bark and that extra glass of wine or two, but we think it's important to not allow these extra indulgences to throw us totally out of balance.
What we do to keep ourselves in our own sort of equilibrium is we are sure to take a few moments everyday to check in with ourselves and see where we are - are we feeling calm? stressed? excited? motivated? discouraged? Are we letting our life slip away from us at this time, or are we present? We can ask ourselves these questions lying in bed first thing in the morning, or last thing before sleep, or we can do it as part of an intention during our yoga practice, or even during our commute to work. The important thing is that we do it, that we check in. We are not looking for a right or a wrong answer. Whatever feelings come up, acknowledge them for what they are without any attachment or judgment. Allow yourself to be where you are and then decide where you want to go.
We wish you a beautiful week and an amazing start to this exciting time of year! Namaste.
Samara Zelniker is a yogi, wine drinker, pet lover and travel junkie.