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Merry Christmas To All

Holiday Mindfulness

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I began to feel quite motivated to cover this holiday, considering it’s always been my favorite time of year. I have always tried to slow down between Thanksgiving and New Years, and try very hard to take it all in, and appreciate things in as much a nostalgic way as possible. The greatest time of year for practicing mindfulness.

However, it has been a double edged sword for several of those Christmas years. Fueled by my once out of control mental health issues, and even worse, a severe drug addiction to cocaine and heroin.

I’ve created many chaotic holidays, and caused so much undue pain that at times, made many loved ones unhappy during the season. Granted, I’ve since found a solid recovery and sobriety over the last several years, but I cannot make the mistake, to forget about those trying times. The terrible memories, are the most important part, of holding together sobriety. Solid reminders.

So, let’s look at today. The best Christmas gifts to me have been many, and often, and that is my readers. As I have said often, it had been my dream for many decades to be successful as a professional author.

At the same time, I had always figured that I would never be able to find that journey. But four years ago, that all changed, and I found a wonderful life as an Author, Publisher and Editor right here. It is here that thousands of readers have chosen to find my work, and read and support it. Always offering kind words, constructive and supportive feedback, and motivation to keep moving forward in this world of writing.

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The writing has all been part of a mission to enjoy and appreciate the self therapeutic value that writing has given me. I always knew that writing could be a very healthy outlet. I knew that other people could potentially find help from reading my work as well. However I could have never predicted how warm and supportive strangers could be.

Others have found help from my journey, and hopefully, I have been able to motivate and give hope to other addicts out there, that may still be sick and suffering.

Now when it comes to Christmas, I have always been a person, who appreciates the holiday for all the nostalgic reasons. The old plastic light up santa claus statues, the snowman statues, the old fashioned green, red and white lights. Lighting up a day after Thanksgiving, and going down on January 2nd.

I have always had catholic background, and while I haven’t been massively Christian every single day, I do have a spiritual side, which has been instrumental in helping my find my recovery.

I urge those out there who are rushing around this holiday season, stressing out, worrying, arguing, or what have you, to stop and get back into the moment. Take a deep breath, and acknowledge where you’re really at in the moment. A mindfulness practice that barely lasts more than a few minutes a day can save our day so much, and point it right back into the true meaning and mission of what Christmas means to the world.

Thank you for reading, and Merry Christmas to all.

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Michael Patanella

is a Trenton, New Jersey Author, Publisher, Columnist, Editor, Advocate, and recovering addict, covering topics of mental health, addiction, sobriety, mindfulness, self-help, faith, spirituality, Smart Recovery, social advocacy, and countless other nonfiction topics. His articles, publications, memoirs, and stories are geared towards being a voice for the voiceless. Hoping to reach others out there still struggling.




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