With the holidays nearing it could bring a complex amount of emotions. Feelings of joy, gratitude, excitement, peace, sadness, grief, loss, loneliness. No matter if the holidays naturally nurture your preferred state of being, or not I invite you to think about how you would like to feel this holiday season.
What words come up for your preferred feeling states?
For me I think about the following… Celebration. Love. Light. Trust. Flow. Pick 3 – 5 words that resonate with you!
What word feels authentic to focus on this holiday season?
I crave the stillness, quiet, and simplicity when I start my holiday vacation. I believe that this is often due to the demands of running and developing my businesses. It can be exhausting some days, weeks, or months for that matters. If I have learned anything through these years it’s that a state of flow is necessary for me to balance the “entrepreneur grind” with refilling my well. This is personally what I need to recharge and be able to show up in full heart and mind for my team and the people we serve.
When does this feeling naturally come up in your life? What patterns do you notice?
I notice that I am cultivating flow when I am connected to my body through movement, creating art in community, choosing present connection with loved ones, reading or listening to positive and grounding messages of affirmation, breathing with nature.
Now that you’ve thought about how you want to feel and the events that naturally cultivate these feelings. Let’s create an action plan for the holiday season! Every day carve out the space to slot these events in. I often schedule them in as a morning ritual, post work transition, or perhaps as a break in my work day. This practice is conscious work that will support the importance of you! For years, I believed that I didn’t have the time, or that it wouldn’t work when I was having low days. But as I slowly integrated “me time” practices into my schedule I felt more grounded and able to provide service/ care to others.
Difficult life events, someone else’s opinion, negative thoughts governed by stories of past trauma can easily sway how we actually want to feel through the holidays, and in life. It’s a conscious choice to choose how we want to feel. Where to authentically focus our energy. With practice and ease I believe that we’ll have movement together towards a more loving, joyful and peaceful state of being.
With light and love
Mackenzie Costron, BMT, MTA, RCT
Owner and Founder of Costron Coaching and Find Your Voice Music Therapy
1-800-827-3120 ext. 101