• Go hug a tree. Now, you can take this as literally as you’d like. What I mean is, take a break. Observe your own pace, and when you start to race too fast, talk too fast, eat too fast, think too fast, drive too fast, slow down. You know the feeling I’m talking about. Use it as a red flag to remind you to take a breath. Push the pause button. And maybe spend the afternoon over a long lunch with a good friend. Or call an elderly relative and really listen to them, with nothing else on your mind. Sit on the back porch with a cup of tea or a glass of mulled wine and breathe in the energy of the universe. Get out of yourself, and think of a creative act of kindness to do for a stranger. Play with the dogs. Go for a walk. Hug a tree.
I hope these suggestions help make your holidays the best ever. My gift to you is a wish for great joy, strong health, and a forgiving spirit. Until next time, from Byron Katie: “Our loved ones will continue to press every button we have, until we realize what it is that we don’t want to know about ourselves yet.”