Mindful Tips for Drama-Free Holidays

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How to Stay Calm When Things Go From Festive to Frustrating


The holidays are upon us. And along with family gatherings, gifts, and cheerful lights in the dark of winter, the season brings mixed feelings for many people.

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Coping with the Pandemic: 7 Steps to Mindfulness Meditation — Tonglen

mindfulmeditation Coping with the Pandemic: 7 Steps to Mindfulness Meditation — Tonglen

Mindfulness and meditation are both great tools that can help us cultivate calm amidst chaos. For those who are new to mindfulness practice, it is not uncommon to mistake mindfulness for a form of meditation. If fact, it is a different practice altogether. Mindfulness is the practice of honing your focused attention and choosing what you wish to focus attentively on. Meditation takes many forms, from movement meditations to seated or even laying down meditations using the anchor of attention on the breath, a word, a phrase or a visualization. Some formal meditations have no anchor of attention, inviting you to notice your thoughts, feelings, and emotions and then practice noticing what comes up without judgement, allowing yourself to let the thoughts drift past without attaching to any story lines. This form is called open awareness meditation.

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