Top 5 Ayurvedic Tools for a Peaceful Healthy Christmas

Christmas. Take a few moments to close your eyes, take a deep breath in and ask yourself what it means to you.......

Now ask yourself this question
"Is my reference to Christmas a joy filled one or one of dread and stress?. If I could have any type of Christmas how would it look and feel?"

Now start working towards making your ideal Christmas happen.  The only thing preventing you from really enjoying the holiday season is the limitations and worry and stress that you tell yourself will occur. So change the program. Update your internal mental software. Start to imagine your perfect Christmas. It all begins with the imagination. This is the root of all beliefs and thus all life experience in the physical plane.

Top 5 Tools for your Ayurvedic Kit Bag towards a Cracker of a Christmas:

1.Contemplation - spend 5 minutes each morning before you get out of bed in quiet contemplation of how you would like your day to unfold. Close your eyes and in your minds eye run through the things you want to achieve for the day and see them happening with ease. See yourself surrounded by helpful people who support you in a loving respectful way. See your whole day filled with joy and laughter.

2. Gratitude - next give thanks to your body and mind for all the support they give you to do your day of doing. Practicing an attitude of gratitude allows us to really see and focus on all the wonderful things we have in our lives and removes our negative reactions to life's stresses. When we have an attitude of gratitude the universe hears this signal and sends us more abundance in accordance with the law of flow.

3. My body is My Temple - your physical body carries you around all day and allows you to function in your daily life. Are you honouring your physical body or, do you treat it with disrespect? Begin today by doing one thing to honour your body. This could be going to the gym, going for a walk at the beach or in nature, having a massage, getting a hug from a loved one, or treating yourself to a facial. It can be anything that will serve as a boost to your body.

4. Food for Thought - whatever you put IN to the body is what you can get OUT of the body. If you put in rubbish, then rubbish will surely come out in your day, your emotions, your thoughts, your life. Just because its the silly season does not mean that we can start to dishonour our Selves. Keep a food diary with you at all times and write down everything you eat and drink this month. Be totally honest. No one has to see it! Its for your eyes only. When we can visually see what we are stuffing down, we are much more likely to take that healthier option from the food counter of our local cafe.

Its not the case that everyone has to drink litres of water a day either. Tune in to your own body. It will tell you what it needs. Too much water can dampen your digestive fire. Too little and your cells cannot regenerate healthily. If you are doing lots of exercise and sweating a lot then you need to replace the fluids. If you are sat at a desk all day and go home and eat diner in front of the TV then this wont apply to you. Best options are to sip plenty of herbal non caffeinated teas (yes even in summer) or opt for a health juice with some added ginger to pep up your digestion.

5. R&R - get plenty of good quality rest. Yes there are one or two more functions to go to this year but you dont have to be the last one standing! Go early and leave early. Catch the 10pm train to sleep. After this time you tip into pitta time and the body begins to wake up again.

Sleeping for 8 hours is of no use if you spend half the night worrying about the gifts you haven't bought yet or the work you need to finish before you can go away. Rest when you are resting, sleep when you are sleeping, eat when you are eating, and play when you are playing. In other words, do these practices and nothing else at the same time. Be fully focused on what you are doing. You will then be able to really "digest" all the data, emotions, words, interactions and food that you are subject to during your day of doing.

Above all have a safe and happy Christmas beloveds
Anjani xx


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