As we swing into high gear for the final few weeks of 2016, we frantically rush to do our day jobs and squeeze in our family and friend commitments.
Frequently, in the madness, we put aside our own quiet time in the hope of satisfying others with material gifts of one sort or another or our physical presence at parties and gatherings.
Our friends and family are foremost in our mind and hearts, and we rush to see them and to buy things for them, all in an effort to let them know that they are in our hearts and minds as well.
What our family and friends truly crave is genuine openheartedness, loving-kindness and connection. And for this, the best gift that we can give, is to practice mindfulness for ourselves and model the capacity by authentically being present, composed and compassionate with all those we encounter.
So, when you find yourself rushing to complete your tasks, remember to walk and act with mindfulness as your companion, and in this way you will be embodying the true holiday spirit, connecting with all beings, and doing your part to actually make the world a better place.
We create the world we want to live in by first creating it within our own hearts, and then extending it to our family relationships and ultimately the larger community.
So this holiday season, take a few minutes to practice Mindfulness and Loving-kindness meditation and you will be giving the greatest gift you can to your loved ones and the world at large.
Wishing health, prosperity and good cheer to all!
Andrew has dedicated nearly 30 years studying mindfulness with many of the world's greatest teachers. He has taken the most beneficial of the practices that he has studied and verified and integrated them into a life with children, and a career in wealth management at global corporations . He is now dedicating his time to sharing these methods with people in all walks of life who are interested to discover ancient wisdom that is applicable and beneficial to modern life.