Instead of a joyful endeavor, gift giving becomes a chore, and we often become resentful and unloved if we do not receive something equally meaningful in return. The holidays are a particularly poignant time to practice the art of compassion, to think of others needs before our own.
Pressure can also manifest by way of the longing to spend the holidays with those we love, and those we desire to love. There is great opportunity to give to, and establish meaningful connections with, those who don’t have as many resources as we do.
In December, our schedules often fill up quickly with work and personal holiday parties.
These back-to-back parties start to feel overwhelming as we try to juggle them with all of our other commitments.
I’ve also been strewing rock samples from the collection I bought – just one or two at a time.
By now, all of us have Mr Lee’s Rock Cycle Rap stuck in our heads (highly recommended. Just before we did the activity we watched the Rock Cycle Brainpop video and looked at pictures of the cycle in National Geographic Kids Everything Rocks and Minerals.
This post is about our experience doing the rock cycle.
While it is nice to take the time to create a mindful, aesthetically, and gustatorily pleasing experience, we often get caught up in the trap of perfection.Take the time to step back and bear witness to all that you have, to count your blessings, as they say.Gratitude goes a long way when it comes to overall wellness.Also, creating the holiday experience we desire for our loved ones and ourselves takes planning. Giving and giving without stopping is not an altruistic notion.It often starts to feel like we are chickens running around with no heads collecting recipes, buying and wrapping gifts, inviting guests, hosting, traveling, cooking, cleaning, buying trees (or menorahs! It is important to be mindful of when we might need refuelling and to allow that to happen.