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Challenges can be gifts too

By Andrea Kartika Deierlein

· Mindfulness

The holidays are almost here and if you are not feeling merry and joyful, you are not alone. It’s a stressful time of the year. Maybe the most stressful time of the year. Yet challenges can be gifts too…
 
When we are stressed, run down, tired and anxious, it’s very difficult to find compassion and understanding for ourselves, let alone for others. Add the season’s expectations to the mix and there’s a guaranteed recipe for unease. For tips on how to keep your energy and sanity this holiday season, head over to this blog post.

Here’s some food for thought by the Gyalwang Drupka and author of Happiness is a State of Mind:

“It’s often the people, who create tremendous difficulties for us, who help us to progress on the path, by making our journey much more interesting.”
 
Instead of getting upset and taking the behavior and actions of others to heart, how about taking the role of the observer? I know it’s easier said than done, especially since our minds have the tendency to hold to what makes us feel pushed and triggered. But challenging situations don’t have to stir up the toxic cocktail of anger and resentment and brew into suffering. Here’s a 10-minute mindfulness practice by Mark Bertin, MD, who guides us in the process of letting go. Check it out and let me know how you like this exploration.
 
Whether you are celebrating the holidays or not, may you find and enjoy moments of peace - with yourself and others!
 
Happy Holidays!

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