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Take Time For Yourself During the Holidays

Take Time For Yourself During the Holidays

Before the stress, rush, and bustle of the holidays really take hold, consider this wise teaching: Creating simplicity can be one of the happiest, most rewarding, delightful and satisfying things you can possibly do. In order to create the sort of simple life you want, it is important to be able to come to the project with what the Zen Buddhists call “beginner’s mind”—the mental equivalent of the new page.

This crucial step in our quest for a simpler life has nothing to do with budgeting, with moving to the country, building a straw bale house, home-schooling our kids or swapping our Aston-Martin for a bicycle. The important thing, with this step, is to make sure you stay out of the branches. Get right down to the roots and trunk of who you are and what are the basic conditions which would enable you to live a life which is simple, pleasant, enjoyable and deeply satisfying.

If you have trouble taking time for yourself during the holidays, this piece of deep wisdom from Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh will help:

Time Out is Essential: Give yourself time, space and silence.

Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hahn advises people to think of it this way: for optimum spiritual and emotional health—and in order to be effective in the world—time out for rest, relaxation, contemplation, meditation (or just sitting quietly, disengaged from all potential distractions), should comprise some weeks in ever year, some days in every month, and some number of minutes (at least 15) in each day.

Time out is the essential first step for creating the simplicity we crave.

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Adapted from The Lilypad List: 7 Steps to the Simple Life, by Marian Van Eyk McCain (Findhorn Press, 2004). Copyright (c) 2004 by Marian Van Eyk McCain. Reprinted by permission of Findhorn Press.
Adapted from The Lilypad List: 7 Steps to the Simple Life, by Marian Van Eyk McCain (Findhorn Press, 2004).

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8:48AM PST on Nov 15, 2012

I know what many moms want for Christmas! It's SLEEP! LOL

6:15PM PDT on May 6, 2010

let us put the comments in detail. And suggest the ideas.
Also visit some seniors homes, or like that during your free time

12:53PM PDT on Apr 20, 2010


2:56PM PST on Jan 10, 2010


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6:20AM PST on Jan 10, 2010

Thanks for remembering..all books from Thich Nathan are very recommandable!

3:30AM PST on Jan 10, 2010

Deborah D, I could not have put it better myself. Your words could have been made for me.

"I am a Woman....Strong
I am a Soldier...broken
I am a person - who spends too
much time helping others
and not enough time for self!
I am a Human ...Learning! "

Thank you x

7:58PM PST on Jan 9, 2010


1:03PM PST on Jan 9, 2010

thank you !

11:26PM PST on Jan 8, 2010

I'm doing that right now ^^

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