Between 1 and 10 where are you?
One of the exercises I do in my training rooms and in my coaching practice is ask people to 'score' themselves between 1 and 10 on how much inner freedom they are feeling in the moment.
First I ask them to score how much 'space' there is in their mind right now...A score of 1 would mean 'I have no space at all my mind is crammed full...A score of 10 would mean I have lots of space, my mind is clear! Second I ask them to score how 'open' their heart is right now. A score of 1 on this means that their heart is closed and tight, a score of 10 means their heart is open and expansive. Finally I ask them to score how 'present' they feel in their body...A score of 1 means 'What body?!!!' a score of ten means 'I can fully feel the aliveness in my body.'
Obviously there are no 'right' or 'wrong' answers to this, it is simply a way of 'checking in' to find out how you are doing.
I am offering you this as a potential practice for Christmas. If you fancy it, the suggestion is that you take time amongst the madness of it all to score yourself every now and again. If you score less than 5 on any one of the three questions you might want to consider taking yourself away for five minutes and giving yourself the luxury of taking deep grounding breath. Bring all your awareness to your body and just sit with whatever is there..just take a moment to be in full contact with yourself without doing anything else. I promise it will make all the difference in terms of your enjoyment of the festive season.