With Christmas season we often become so stressed out about plans for the holidays, shopping, arranging for parties. Or we have to get presents, make plans, arrange for places to stay if we travel or if someone else is traveling to visit. Life becomes hectic as we get caught up in Christmas plans.
We need to make time to calm down and relax especially when everything is going crazy. Even a few minutes at a time can help. Some ways to relax even for a few minutes, if the weather permits, is to go outside and sit on your porch for 5 minutes. Use your senses to BE where you are at that moment. Listen to the wind, the birds, the trees’ limbs, or leaves as they move with the wind. What else do you hear? This may be a little difficult if you live near a busy thoroughfare.
If you do go to a nearby active park, just sit or walk quietly. Listen to the children playing or the dogs barking. Use all of your senses. Listen to the sounds of life from the trees, people or life around you. Smell the dry, dead leaves of winter or the new fresh growth of spring. You may even try tasting pollen, honey- suckle flowers, or any plants you recognize and know are safe.
Feel the heat of the sun or the cold of the wintry wind on your skin. Put your fingers in the sand or dirt. If there are flowers touch them gently so as not to bruise them. Feel the cold or cool metal that the benches and playground equipment are made of.
Look around. Do you see any squirrels, interesting birds, bugs moving around in the grass or dirt or other wildlife? Are there interesting flowers, plants, trees, land or rock formations?
Vision is one of my favorite senses. I was taught to enjoy beauty as a child by my parents. I learned to love beauty and photography from my father.
Sometimes just being aware of our surroundings can bring great joy, possibly peace, admiration and a sense of awe for the beauty we would miss if we didn’t open our eyes. And that beauty may help us retrieve a sense of calm and peace. Here are some pictures of the beauty I’ve seen and captured with my camera.
Take time away from the stresses. Relax and enjoy this Christmas seaon more fully and make happy memories with your families and friends.We use our senses every day but how much attention do we give to our world and the beauty it holds for us.