The modern day translation for the word holiday means to rest and relax. Yet, the irony of this is, before getting to that state of mind, there is a bit of chaos that unfolds. It seems the collective consciousness of this country projects a mad dash to grab the necessary food ingredients for cooking a ‘traditional’ Thanksgiving dinner, along with possibly experiencing hectic travel schedules by car, bus, plane or train to be with family. To avoid this unnecessary polarization, pre-plan your travel methods ahead of time and understand you may still get caught up in the ‘travel rush hour.’ If cooking at home, its recommended to make a list of what you need and go to the grocery store at least two or three days prior to Thanksgiving. If you’re not in the mood to cook, be sure to book reservations at your choice of a restaurant in advance (if possible). But, what if you can’t plan ahead? Feng Shui Tip number 2 and 7 could be of help.
2. Center Yourself
Just because the holidays are here, does not mean you throw out your daily practices of wellbeing. If anything, this is the time to really maintain healthy body, mind, and spirit routines. For me, I start my day off with a brief meditation, eat my breakfast, and then get in my daily exercise which releases endorphins to help reduce stress. Because life does not always allow for this lovely routine to unfold exactly as written, adaptations are made when needed.
Also, pay mind to your own breathing patterns. Even this observation can help shift your energy and attitude for the better. Ask yourself, are you a shallow breather? Most of us these days tend to be so, and that is not good. Become conscious of this and allow your lungs to be filled with solid breaths of air. Scientific studies have shown that controlling your breath can help to manage stress and stress-related conditions.
Another component to Centering Yourself is to simply practice gratitude. Yes, this is cliche, but it’s TRUE! Practicing gratitude reminds us to be present with today. And that sets the tone for tomorrow.
Here is one last additional tip for those cooking on Thanksgiving in regard to Centering Yourself. If you could, declutter and organize your home a day or two, or at least the night before Thanksgiving. This may sound silly, but its not. The household and especially the kitchen area will become zinged up with a bit of hectic energy due to the anticipation of guests arriving, paralleled with preparing and cooking your Thanksgiving meal. Providing yourself with a kitchen that has everything you need (cooking utensils and food ingredients) in a organized manner allows for a much smoother and enjoyable cooking experience. And if you need help, ASK FOR IT!
3. Be Playful
Growing up, I remember holiday gatherings provided awesome opportunities for PLAYFULNESS! As kids we would run around my grandmother’s home playing tag and in the evening, we would gather around the dinner table after dessert to play cards or board games. So yes, as an ADULT, please remember to be playful!
4. Conduct A Mini Space Clearing Ceremony Inside Your Home Prior to Thanksgiving