I am big on family. My family and I very close and I’ve probably only been away for Christmas two times out of thirty years of life. Needless to say I miss them terribly and would love nothing more than to fly home and give them all huge hugs, even just for a minute. But this year phone calls and virtual hugs will have to do and they will all get extra hugs when we return home and needless to say they are in my thoughts every waking moment over the holidays.
This time of year my practice always shifts to a more reflective place. Thoughts of what I want the next year of my life to look like seem to pop up into my head and I have a chance to explore where I am in life and if I feel like I am on the right path. I like to use this time to think about what is really important to me, family, friends and being able to do the things I love with the people I love and my practice reflects that. My body seems to move a little slower and my breath gets a little longer. Certain areas of tightness get a bit tighter and my poses do not feel quite as ‘big’ but internally there is a depth in my heart that seems to open with light.
I don’t usually assign homework but this week I will- see what happens when you use your practice to explore new years resolutions and goals for 2011. What comes up as important to you? What do you want your life to look like?
Happy Holidays from Wellington, New Zealand!