Tis the season for holiday cheer, giving, singing… and holiday stress.
When you’re feeling stressed or uptight, your muscles are rigid. You might feel the tension in your shoulders, jaw, chest, facial muscles, neck or elsewhere.
Your thoughts may be negative. You may be worried, unsettled, impatient, crabby, unfocused… just not really you.
Is this any way to spend your holidays?
Is this any way to spend your energy?
Is this anyway to spend your life?
No, no and no!
Meaning, no way, uh-uh, and heck no!
I want you to enjoy your life to the frickin’ max. Starting now.
If you’re feeling stressed or rushed this holiday season, try this easy and quick standing meditation. It can help you “ground” yourself and release stress so you can be more open to joy and holiday cheer. (Ditto for simply feeling better and enjoying more out of life anytime of year.)
Being grounded is the opposite of uptight. In tai chi, we call it “sinking.” You release all your weight and tension down into your feet and earth. You are like a reed. You bend and sway in strong winds, but you stay rooted.
Do it now: 1-Minute Standing Meditation
- Stand with your feet as wide as your shoulders. Let your arms relax by your sides.
- Feel the earth under your feet. Put a soft bend in your knees and a slight forward tilt of your pelvis. Imagine every part of you feels heavy, except your head. Your head floats on your shoulders. The crown of your head reaches for the sky.
- Feel all your weight—your physical, mental and emotional—go into your feet. Feel like you are grounded, rooted into the earth.
- Breathe gently in through your nose and let the breath go deep in your lower belly. Breathe gently out your nose. Keep those long, slow deep breaths going.
- Maintain this breathing for one minute. Notice the sensations in your hands and body.
- Then step your feet together and bow your head to mark the end of your standing meditation.
Ta da! You did it, a quick standing meditation. Taking 1 minute for yourself can help you get grounded and stay centered. Use it often and experience less stress and more joy this holiday season and any time of year!
What is your favorite part of the holidays? Leave a comment below.