As we quickly approach the end of the year, many of us will be heading out on vacation. For you, vacation may look like going on a trip to Hawaii or it may be staying at home in your jammies watching old movies and eating Chinese food for five days. Regardless of what you plan to do during this time of year, I feel it's important that we allow ourselves to be in the actual moment.
To best articulate the concept of being in the moment, I'd like to share a very special poem called "The Vacation" by Wendell Berry.
How are you? Is it cold and snowy where you are? Rainy and cloudy? Are you gearing up for the holidays? I’ve been desperately craving to slow down and sink into the holiday season and yet I feel like I’m in the middle of a mad dash to get everything done. Can you relate?
The holiday season can be wonderful time and can also be a triggering time. To-do lists, hosting duties, buying gifts, writing cards, wrapping gifts, and ornamenting ourselves just like tress can be down-right exhausting.
With all of that in mind, I want to share the gift of a self-care exercise that you can use during the holidays and all year round.
It’s called the “Oh, Sweetheart” exercise.
When you notice yourself feeling stressed, sad, triggered, uncomfortable, overwhelmed, etc. all you have to do is say to yourself, “Oh Sweetheart, (insert something kind, tender and loving here).”
I’ve shared a few personal examples below for you to use for reference.