Are you dreading it, already? You know... the whole shopping-gifting-cooking-cleaning-eating-drinking socializing-relatives-traveling season just ahead?
From Thanksgiving to New Year's, many of us get trapped in a cycle of overabundance.
It's gotten worse in recent years, starting with Christmas
decorations that go on display at Halloween to the frenzy of Black
Friday. We've become a culture of excess and a society of waste, moving
from the next new thing to the next...without ever taking the time to
enjoy any of it. This overabundance - having more than we really need -
creates stress, lowers vibration and zaps energy from mind, body and
Now, I'm all for abundance! I'm certainly not one to pass up on
anything that brings pleasure or beauty or connection to my life. But
when we become trapped in the cycle of overabundance - the endless
circle of want, get, want, get - our lives fall out of balance.
Six ways overabundance causes holiday stress
Overabundance of food
Rich, sweet, fatty holiday food lowers your physical vibration, which
affects your mind and spirit too. If you work in an office or with a
group of people, it's hard to escape the sweets in the break room!
Alcohol from frequent social events adds to this mix. Don't worry about
weight gain - instead, be focused on the energetic signature of the food
you eat. Is it processed? Will it make you feel good? Does your body
really want it? Pay attention, and don't let the season of indulgence
lower your vibration.
Overabundance of gifts
The cycle of shopping, wrapping, giving, receiving can be very
stressful, even if budget is not a concern. The sheer energetic reality
of involving ourselves with objects or "stuff" can be overwhelming,
especially when we understand that every object has its own frequency,
vibration or energetic signature.
Consider your energy as you decided how or if you will give and
receive gifts this year. Consider how your energy would change if you
decide to do without, do less or give to charity instead. Once you break
the gift cycle, you will be surprised how free you feel.
Overabundance of socializing
Office parties, school events, the annual party you've gone to every
year for ten years... All of this has a certain clamor of "must attend"
attached to it, when in reality, you can change plans, opt out or do
something different. Don't rely on what you've always done - you're a
new person now, and you may want to try something different. Reassess
every year. Introverts especially may need lots of private time during
this season; give yourself the gift of quiet and solitude.
Overabundance of family relationships
There's that saying: you can't go home again. And yet every holiday
season, most of us continue to swim up river to our birthing place. Many
times, the wounds, past hurts and misunderstandings are still there.
And because we're so busy during the holidays, we don't have time to
work on our relationships with our family members. Understand that
family karma can be complex, and the stress of the holidays makes it
Be gentle with yourself and others.
Have an exit strategy if things go awry. If it's just too much, opt out and try again another time.
Overabundance of tradition
Just because you've always done it a certain way, doesn't mean you
have to do it that way now. This might include: going to a certain
event, party, gathering, church service. Wearing certain clothes,
decorating a certain way, eating certain foods, being with certain
people, and so on. Break free from the rigid traditions your family has
"always done" and see what else the Universe might have up its sleeve
for you and yours!
Overabundance of group thought
Understand the power of group thought or collective soul to affect
your mood. We've all seen what fear-based beliefs can do to collective
thought: hate, violence, financial ruin and war are all products of low
vibration thinking. During the holidays, mindless consumption is the
culprit: everyone is stressing out on want, get, want, get. This creates
enormous stress, and when this is done in the collective, everyone
feels it. During this time, connect to your own higher self,
Sara Wiseman the is author of six insightful books on spirituality
and intuition, including her new book, Living a Life of Gratitude: Your
Journey to Grace, Joy and Healing.
She hosts the popular radio show Ask Sara, and contributor to DailyOM. Visit her online at www.sarawiseman.com