So much of the holiday season is spent hunting for the perfect gift. We shop for it carefully, pondering what the recipient wants most. We select pretty packaging and wrap it up to conceal the treasure within. It’s so easy to get caught up in the consumerism of the season and forget the greatest gift we can give one another is always within our grasp. There are 3 reasons to give the gift of mindfulness this season:
- Non-judgment. There is so enough judgment over the holiday season. We send out letters describing our triumphs over the course of the year. We judge our progress against the goals we set. We compare ourselves to the highlight reels presented by others. We sit through family dinners and get to hear all about the merits of our life choices from well-intentioned family members who know far more than we do. The gift of mindfulness is about taking in the moment without judgment. Just take it in and enjoy, without labelling it good or bad.
- Curiosity. If you want to see holiday magic, watch it through the eyes of a child. They are full of wonder about all the magic of the season. Between fabled reindeer, elves, and Santa, their eyes are aglow with the mystery of it all. They approach everything with curiosity. This is a true example of mindfulness. Try taking some time to be curious about the people around you instead of allowing yourself to be distracted by twinkling lights. Take the time to explore your family and learn more about them. Try new foods, start new traditions, and see what the season can mean to you.
- Your presence is the present. You can spend all day at the mall trying to find the perfect gift. The reality is, what makes whatever you pick out special is that it’s coming from you. Be present and let that be your present to the people you love. The busy work of the holidays will sweep you away in no tie if you let it. Be there for your family and friends and let them enjoy the gift of being with you. Mindfulness is about being there in the moment, so give all kinds of presents with all kinds of presence to the people you hold dear.
There’s nothing wrong with shopping at the mall and there’s no reason to hold off on pretty bows and fancy paper. Just remember when you are hunting for the perfect gift that mindful moments spent enjoying the company of family and friends never fade or go out of style. They might forget who bought the universal remote, but they won’t forget the time you spent being curious, without judgment and making your presence the present. Have a happy, healthy and mindful holiday season and a joyous new year!