For many, the holiday season is a time of year that comes with many mixed emotions. While the traditions of the holidays can bring happiness and excitement, stress and grief can also accompany them. So, if you find yourself feeling too overwhelmed to enjoy the season, meditation may be the solution.
For high school graduation, I gifted myself an atlas and a red sleeping bag. It was a gift with the promise of shelter, curiosity, and access to the earth underneath me. Although I knew some nights would be sleepless and terribly uncomfortable, others would be star-filled with stories, campfires, and lovers. I was ready for my adventures! But, I soon found the smooth road roads of my map didn’t quite match the potholes under my feet. I quickly learned about the imperfect messiness of life.
Resiliency is a key character trait of people who come through hard times as stronger more compassionate people. Resiliency simply means the ability to adapt to stress and difficult situations. Now if only it were that simple to be resilient.