Intentional Gifting

Intentional Gifting

Intentional Gifting

by Holly Schweitzer Dunn, LISW

11_28-imageAs we move into a season of exchanging gifts, it’s easy to confuse the spirit of generosity with the act of shopping. Before buying your first present, consider naming your intention for this year’s gifting. Perhaps that’s a monetary intention – staying within a budget – or the emotional space you want to give to each person on your list. Maybe you simply decide to set your intention on giving an experience instead of a tangible thing. Whatever you decide to use as a focus, the act of intentionally pausing will help you to mindfully move about the shopping experience.

Keep in mind the person for which you are shopping, and make the gift a reflection of how you see him or her. Conversely, you can give as a reflection of you with your talents and natural gifts, and allow the giving to be centered on creation rather than consumerism.

Want to give more thought to mindful gifting this holiday season? Here are a few resources that goes beyond the giver and recipient:

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Respond to Holiday Stress with Yoga

Respond to Holiday Stress with Yoga

ebd11bc6-110d-4705-83e8-7c75779b6426The stress of the holidays doesn’t evaporate when the ball drops on January 1; science tells us we retain experiences in our body as much as our mind. “We all are biologically and neurologically programmed to deal with emergencies, but time stops in people who suffer from PTSD. That makes it hard to take pleasure in the present because the body keeps replaying the past. If you practice Yoga and can develop a body that is strong and feels comfortable, this can contribute substantially to help you to come into the here and now rather than staying stuck in the past.” (Bessel Van der Kolk, author of The Body Keeps the Score).

The good news: you don’t have to carry the frustrations of this season with you. You can teach your body to respond to stress using mindful breathing and movement. By arranging our bodies in particular ways, we train the nervous system how to approach challenges with openness. The process of exerting effort and relaxing throughout the body helps dissolve tension, which is stress manifested in your body tissues.

While this time of year often seems too busy, perhaps it’s even more important to establish a yoga practice so you can move through the hustle and bustle with strength and ease. Avoid the additional stress of venturing to a class by scheduling your private yoga session with Michele Minehart, Mind Body Health Associates’ in-house yoga instructor. Michele will work with you personally to address any challenges and help develop a sequence of postures for home practice. Individualized yoga introduces you to postures and concepts, a great starting point for those interested in eventually taking classes in a group setting from any of the fabulous yoga studios in town.

You can call the office to schedule your one-hour session, or consider a gift certificate for someone you think would appreciate it.

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