When I returned home from my 8-day meditation retreat back in early June, I was in a state of peace and total connection to the Universe. I felt so good, so joyful, and so comfortable in my own skin that a part of me felt like I had been body-snatched. It was surreal to experience so much of life without the filter of anxiety (and accompanying self-doubt -> fear - > self-loathing). I was cooking, exercising, and loving myself without having to work at it or think about it. It just…was.
For many of us, the winter holidays can add extra layers of anxiety to our lives. Although holidays that involve gift-giving can be a beautiful time of generosity and the New Year a time of renewal, they can also be filled with expectations (both internal and external) and triggers that can suck the fun right out of it for us.