I'm feeling overwhelmed by the next few months. I'm still struggling to get used to how much the southern hemisphere throws into December and January. We finish school for the year, have our summer holidays, the festive celebrations, and begin the next school year. Throw in New Year, a few birthdays and work and it's a little exhausting to say the least!
I'd like to be living in the moment but thoughts of "need to," "have to," "must get," "I, he, she, they... should," are quite loud. There's reason for that, a little planning will ease my stress over the next few months. While I can't control how much there is going on in my life right now, I can choose how I respond to it.
I can tune into my breathing and just take one conscious breath. Even if it's just once a day.
I can tune into my thinking, exploring the tone and volume of my inner voice.
I can choose to cut myself some slack and speak kindly to myself.
I can tune into my body and as best I can, soften any areas of tension by just being aware of what muscles are tense and breathing into them.
December and January will come and go, 2017 will become 2018 without any effort from me.
How I swim through is under my control.
May you swim through whatever is happening for you right now with ease.
And maybe if it feels right for you, smile. Because its good for you!
"Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy."
Thích Nhất Hạnh