Thanksgiving is not yet over and I’m prepping for December. Every year there are the early preparations for Christmas: ordering Christmas cards, compiling gift lists and starting the shopping, planning holiday events. This year, in addition, I’m prepping for my December “Someday” – meditation and mindfulness. I specifically chose this “Someday” for December because the holiday season can be so crazy and I wanted to force myself to slow down and be aware of the joys, the events, and time with family and friends.
Developing a meditation practice will be a big challenge for me. After all, my motto is “Embrace the Crazy”. One meditation expert says a key to mindfulness is to “live without frenzy” – seems a bit of a conundrum. How will I figure out how to embrace the crazy while living without frenzy during the Christmas season? My first step in preparation for next month is listening to an audiobook, Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation. I began listening yesterday. No practice yet. These are baby steps. I’m beginning slowly: listen this week and be ready to set aside a few minutes a day for practice next week.