I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I will be taking a self imposed tech holiday over the Christmas period! I feel it is important to have down time from our laptops and social media, so we can fully embrace conversations, friends & family time, or just taking some alone time over this festive period. Some ways you can be more mindful this festive period is to: slow down, eat and drink mindfully, connect with nature, practice self-compassion, and as I wrote above spend times with friends and family.
As I was writing, I realised that I inadvertently started my break in November. This ‘home retreat’ turned out to be a time of reflection whilst I re-evaluated my business idea, took some writing time and did a mindfulness for health course with Breathworks. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, mindfulness helps me to gather the necessary tools to combat anxiety. This particular course’s theme was around health, so it helped me to really focus on how I cope with my eye pain and headaches bought on by glaucoma.
I was prompted to take this course because at my routine eye appointment in November I was told I might need another eye operation, so I thought I’d get a head start on building my resilience. It’s really helped and I am embracing my sitting practice. Here’s a post I found from the mindfulness project about dealing with chronic pain
Winter is of course a time of reflection and hibernation, a natural instinct we’ve lost whilst we get busy ‘doing’ rather than ‘being’. So although issues with my sight made me pause, somewhere I was following this natural instinct.
Mean while here is a website I found about complementary therapies and eye conditions Natural eye care led by Dr Marc Grossman.
See you on the other side !