All is calm. All is bright. The holiday season is intended to be a time of peace, reflection, love, and gratitude. Unfortunately, our modern day society often associates the holidays with the following: stress, overwhelm, and obligation. It doesn’t have to be that way. It is possible to infuse your days with joy, hope, and calm. Try these peaceful holiday meditations and affirmations – and get ready to breathe a little easier. Wherever the season takes you.
Practice Holiday Meditations This Season
Winter can be tough. Depending on where you live, the temperatures may be cold and conditions difficult. No wonder Seasonal Affective Disorder (also known as SAD) impacts the lives of over ten million Americans each year. When the winter weather takes hold, it causes many people to feel depressed and distant. As a result, you may find yourself feeling separated (either physically or emotionally) from all the beauty nature has to offer. There is no quicker way to lose your peace of mind. Turning to meditation is an effective way to reconnect with both nature and yourself.
Try a Winter Themed Meditation
If you are not into bundling up and heading outdoors, that is okay. There are plenty of wonderful winter-themed meditations that you can try. They allow you to connect to the beauty of nature without physically dealing with cold weather and slush in your boots. Picturing a white winter wonderland from the comfort of your home can help you feel calm, and grateful for everything you have. Here are a few holiday meditations to consider:
- Beautiful Winter White Meditation Music
- Winter Wonderland Guided Meditation
- Guided Meditation: Inner Peace at Christmas
Bring the Outside In
The weather during the holiday season is rarely blue skies and picture-perfect days. However, that doesn’t mean you need to give up on nature entirely. To bring a little peace into your life…bring the outside in! In addition to trying holiday meditations (either through guided meditations or relaxing winter-themed meditation music) you can embrace nature in your own home. Or your own meditation space. There are many ways to go about this.
For instance, you can hang up nature pictures on the walls, watch peaceful winter nature videos on YouTube, listen to calming nature sounds, add fresh flowers to your room, or splurge on a winter plant for your entryway. Bringing nature into your home – either through home decor or specifically into your meditation room – can revive your spirit. It can remind you of the wonder and beauty the world has to offer. That in turn leads to a peaceful and joyful state of mind.
Follow These Outdoor Meditation Tips
Still eager to suck it up and head outside this season? Not a problem. Just make sure you are prepared. Dress warmly, pack crystals in your jacket pocket, limit your meditation time to ten minutes (set a timer on your phone to make sure you don’t stay outside longer than you should. The last thing you want to do is catch a cold), consider taking a relaxation retreat, or incorporate moments of meditation in outdoor activities.
There are a few things to do during outdoor holiday meditations. Most importantly, slow down and be aware of your surroundings. Does the world sound different during the winter months? Is it quieter? Louder? How does the wind feel against your cheek? What do you smell? Are any emotions coming to the surface? Take this time to really observe nature, understand how you are feeling this holiday season, and get inspired.
Effective Affirmations for Peace
Holiday meditations are wonderful, calming, and effective. Not your thing? Consider affirmations instead. Enjoy a peaceful holiday this year by really focusing on what you are saying and thinking. According to the work of self-help icon Louise Hay, a positive affirmation is anything you think or say. By thinking and saying positive statements…you attract positive outcomes. Affirmations have the power to plant seeds to positivity and joy. So start planting!
To experience a peaceful and memorable holiday season…start by shifting the way you think and speak. (Both to yourself and to others.) Here are some effective affirmations for peace. They can help you feel tranquil, blessed, and joyful during the holidays and beyond.
- I am a peaceful person and all of my needs are easily met.
- I attract only positive people and positive experiences into my life.
- With every breath I take, I feel more peaceful and at ease.
- I appreciate everything and everyone in my life.
- I react thoughtfully to any and all situations.
- My home is a happy place full of love, beauty, and safety.
- I release the need to control the actions of others.
- I love myself completely and allow myself to relax and enjoy the holiday season.
- Today, I understand that who I am right now is more than enough.
- During the holidays, I am calm, tranquil, and at peace.
Forget about stress. It is time to experience the kind of holiday you deserve. One that is peaceful and positive. With holiday meditations and affirmations galore…you can breathe a whole lot easier this month. That’s right. It has never been easier to add an extra dose of joy and contentment to your life. Happy holidays!