Happy Holidazed…

6 Ways to Stay Grounded during the Holiday Season…

This is a difficult time for many of us. Here are a few practical tools that have helped me and continue to help me during holidays.

1. Money- Holidays can be a time of overspending and mounting credit card bills. If you are suffering financially, consider purchasing “The Think and Grow Rich” book by Napoleon Hill and workbook by Joel Fotinos and August Gold. My husband, Martin John Butler, song writer, producer and music teacher, and I are both freelancers. We experience times of uncertainty and this book has helped immensely. The steps in the workbook help you to get clear on not only what we would like to receive monetarily but what you are giving back energetically to the planet in exchange for it. When I am clear and honest about my finances I feel grounded.

2. Connection- Stay Connected to friends and community. If you are isolated, make some time to connect with either friends, family or nearby communities. Many of us live far away from family and during this season we can feel disconnected and depressed if we see photos of people celebrating with family etc. Volunteering is also a great way to feel connected to others.

3. Unplug- Get offline and go outside. We are tethered to our computers and phones. When you are feeling tight and constricted, stop and go outside. Feel the warmth of the sun and receive much needed vitamin D. In nature I often find the answers to my burning questions. Go for a brisk walk to release stress and to let go of anxiety. Establish self care routines to keep you healthy this season.

4. Be Yourself, everyone else is taken- I invite you along with me, to stop comparing yourself with others. You are made up of star dust, perfectly divine exactly as you are. This does not mean that we don’t have areas of our lives that we will continue to work on, but that we accept who we are, love our body’s exactly as they are, so that we can move from a place of love and not fear. I have lived way too much of my life in fear of what others think of me. Let’s celebrate each other and use our words to uplift one another, grounding ourselves in love. Surround yourself with people that love you exactly as you are this holiday season.

5. Raise Your Body’s Vibrations through Sound- We are vibrational beings! It has been proven that diseased cells vibrate at a lower vibration. Our thoughts create our brain’s chemistry. A great way to raise your vibrations is to sing, chant, use your voice! I have favorite mantras that immediately lift my spirit. We now have research that supports our knowledge of how working with sacred sounds positively affects the nervous system. “Healing is communication; and music, in its universal nature, is total communication. In the deepest mysteries of music are the inspirations, the pathways, and the healing which lead to oneness and unity.” — Olivea Dewhurst-Maddock. Try listening to the Prayer of love, Peace and Light attached below and singing along. Create a play list of your favorite mantras and uplifting music for the holidays.

6. Work on your feet- Your feet are your foundation literally. I have been a reflexologist for the past 16 years and it never fails to amaze me see how this natural self healing method works. Feet First by Laura Norman is a great intro to Reflexology. Take 10 minutes each night for a week to soak your feet in hot water and sea salts. Notice how you sleep. This act of loving self care contributes to feeling grounded and peaceful. Support your body, mind and soul with loving acts of kindness this holiday season!

Here is a recording of “ The Prayer of Love, Peace and Light’ that my husband and I did with the Naam Music Project. May you feel grounded and stay connected in the heart this season and beyond.

What are the ways that help you to stay grounded during the holidays? Which of the six ways above will you try this week? Please let me know in the comments below.

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