Monday Motivation: Being Present for the Holidays


Good Morning; it is Monday. Thanksgiving is Thursday; the official  kick off to the holiday season. During this time, we get so busy making long lists of “to do’s” and much of the time cause ourselves high levels of stress with the expectations we place on ourselves and others during this window of time.

Reflect for a minute on this question:

How often does the season come and go and you have not taken the time to be fully present, in the here and now, because of all the expectations on your “checklist”?

 Your mind is a fertile ground and what you think and say becomes your reality. Thich Nhat Hanh teaches that we all hold many seeds (thoughts) within our minds. We hold the seeds of love and compassion, along with the seeds of hatred and violence.

The thought below from Thich Nhat Hahn was shared with me this past week and I wanted to share with all of you. Use it as a reflection as you begin this holiday season.

Your mind is like a piece of land planted with many kinds of seeds: seeds of joy, peace, mindfulness, understanding, and love; seeds of craving, anger, fear, hate, and forgetfulness.  These wholesome and unwholesome seeds are always there, sleeping in the soil of your mind.  The quality of your life depends on the seeds you water.  If you plant tomato seeds in your gardens, tomatoes will grow.  Just so, if you water a seed of peace in your mind, peace will grow.  When the seeds of happiness in you are watered, you will become happy.  When the seed of anger in you is watered, you will become angry.  The seeds that are watered frequently are those that will grow strong.

Powerful thought: “the seeds that are watered frequently are those that will grow strong”!  The practice of watering seeds brings us to question, “what seeds am I watering in myself, and in the people around me?” The first step of your practice is to pause, then recognize what is present, then choose how to be with what is there.  The answers will bring you to examine who you are as a gardener to your own soil.  Look deeply at your inner voice, your reactions, daily actions and habits. The answer will provide you some insight.

This holiday season take time to reflect on your practice as your very own master gardener.

What seeds are you watering that are taking root in your mind and thus materializing in your voice and actions?

The beautiful thing is you have a choice each moment. Slow down, be present, choose your response, choose your attitude. Begin today 😊!! Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take; but by the moments that take your breath away.

Here’s to a day, a week, a holiday season that is truly breathtaking!

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