Holiday Guide To Personal Peace

By on December 21, 2014

When the going gets sticky, the stillness offers a way out.

When I was a kid, this time of year — aside from Santa and presents and holiday break — also meant Christmas Eve church services.

And since Mom was the church choir director, this also meant attending both of the services before going home and opening presents.

Three hours of church before opening presents! Talk about anticipation!

My brother and I would get scolded for “horsing around” as our family sat there in the front pew. “Sit still!” my dad whispered harshly. We snapped to quiet in the hopes that it would soon be over.

Just like then, sitting still is one of the surest ways to reclaim your personal peace during the holidays, or any day.

In just 3 steps, you can tap the stillness and open to the peace within:

  1. Find a place where you won’t be interrupted — 10 minutes alone is a great amount to shoot for.
  2. Sit in an upright, aligned and relaxed posture, feet on the ground, hands resting gently on your lap, eyes open or closed.
  3. Notice your body breathing. Feel the breath at the tip of your nose, the gentle expansion of the abdomen.

If your mind is particularly active, just let the thoughts run. Make room for them.

Then come back to the feeling of the breath, notice the body. Every time you notice a thought and then come back to the breath, your thoughts have less control over you.

Instead of thinking that you have to rush around, you get to stop. To really be still.

Experiencing peace within, we make the world more peaceful. Great timing.

Stress Release Tip

Increase your resilience to stress over the holidays by getting enough rest, eating well and proactively scheduling downtime. If we’re overtired and undernourished, things can go sideways pretty easily. Happy body = happy mind.

Mindful Moment

The antidote for the wandering mind is attention to attention itself: noticing that you’re not noticing what you should, then correcting your focus. Mindfulness makes this crucial attention muscle stronger. As you work today, bring awareness to how distracting you are at times. Then come back to what you were doing. Or take a break.

Quote From Adam

“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.”
– Dalai Lama

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About Adam Timm

A retired 9-1-1 operator, Adam lived for years chronically stressed before discovering the benefits of meditation. He then founded his company, ZenLife Services, to help others escape the daily grind and be happy again. ZenLife’s workshops and programs have been used by police agencies, elementary schools, colleges, and high-stress organizations around the country. Adam is an award-winning speaker, certified stress management consultant and author of the #1 bestselling book, “Stress is Optional! How to Kick the Habit.” Read more at Adam's website: ZenLife Services

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