Take a Breath and Lean Into your Moments during the Flurry
The holiday season is upon us and if we weren’t conscious about the time, we may have hardly realized the month of November came and went. Hopefully you were able to stop and sink into your moments versus getting caught up in flurry of what had to get done, whether it was getting the turkey on the table, or needing to attend to those gifts that could be purchased at a sale rate on Black Friday.
At our home, we had two weekends of guests in our home because our children came when they could, so all were not together on Thanksgiving Day, but all did come which was fun! I have learned, over the years, to really try to be mindful of the moments as people show up, even when the gatherings don’t look like I thought they should. Being unattached to outcome allows me the grace to receive the gifts, however they show up and in whatever form. Our holiday time was grace filled with lots more moments as we focused on people, in the moment, as they dropped by and stayed for a while.
Moving into December is a bit harder to stay mindful as the weeks go on longer, and there are more and more things to do, places to go, food to prepare and events to host or attend. The challenge here is to be mindful. Stay focused on the task at hand. Remind yourself to create space between your moments by staying focus on the moment. It is in that space you will find your real freedom in handling life and busy times. It is in this space that you can respond versus reacting to the busyness. It is in that space of the moment that you can make choices to attend to the moment you have or be caught up in your head with your list and all you have to do. Sink into your moments. Enjoy the people that cross your path.
As you move through December and start thinking about the New Year, consider the opportunity you have to learn more about how to create space in your moments, be mindful and make choices in your response to the stress in the world. We have new classes starting the week of January 9th.
From our place to yours, sending you holiday wishes that you may find moments that you can sink into and be present.
Mindful Approach To Living Adult Class Starts Tuesday January 9th 6-8:15 p.m. 8 week program with an all day retreat on a weekend day $575. Children’s Group Tuesday January 9th 4-5 p.m. 9 weeks Adolescent Group Thursday, January 11th 4-5 p.m. 9 weeks.
DBT Group (all these groups are open ended and can be started at any time.
Monday Women’s Group 5 – 6:30 p.m (open ended group) Tuesday Women 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday Men 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. (New group starting)
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- Janie Pfeifer Watson, LICSW, is the founder and director of Wholeness Healing Center, a mental health practice in Grand Island, Nebraska with remote sites in Broken Bow and Kearney. Her expertise encompasses a broad range of areas, including depression, anxiety, attachment and bonding, coaching, couples work, mindfulness, trauma, and grief. She views therapy as an opportunity to learn more about yourself as you step more into being your authentic self. From her perspective this is part of the spiritual journey; on this journey, she serves as a mirror for her clients as they get to know themselves—and, ultimately, to love themselves.
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