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Meditate your way to a peaceful holiday season

For all of us, this is a hectic time of year. Thankfully, Christmas is now over and the initial shopping for gifts is done. But NOW, it's time to return those gifts that didn't quite work and to trade in all those gift cards we got for actual STUFF. That means even more stress as we fight our way through stores and into checkout lines.

And we haven't even talked about all those family get-togethers, the ones that are often both warm and worrisome as we head into the New Year. Nothing like the holidays to stress us all out!

That's why I personally swear by MEDITATION.

When I tell friends and clients that I do this regularly, I often hear: "I've got too much to do to sit still for that long." "I wish I had time for that, but my life is too busy." But I believe that your life is too busy for you NOT to take time out to meditate, to clear your brain and let yourself be. It's during meditation that I often come up with my best ideas, both personally and for the Tiffani Kim Institute Medical Wellness Spa.

Believe it or not, just 30 SECONDS can make a difference!! Yes, 30 seconds of quiet reflection taken just for you. It doesn't have to be structured; you don't have to turn on a CD you might hear in yoga class. You just need to close your eyes and close out the world. Start with 30 seconds, and work your way up to one minute. Then five, then 15. Before you know it, meditation becomes as much a part of your daily routine as brushing your teeth.

There's a reason why ancient cultures and religions made meditation a central part of their people's lives--it WORKS! Try it--just 30 seconds a day--and see the difference it'll start to make in your life, too. 

 

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Michelle said:

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Great post. I have been meditating for almost two years now, and I am sick of hearing "I don't have time to do it" from my friends. I do at least 5, 2-minute sessions through the day and strive for one or two 15-minute sessions. It has helped me increase my focus and concentration, and made me healthier all around. I learned the 2-minute sessions from meditationshift...if you are looking for a good resource to learn, I highly recommend you Google them.

Tiffani Kim said:

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Michelle, thanks so much for your comment and for sharing your favorite resource! Yes, medidating really does make a difference in the lives of women. Perhaps more of us will consider making it a priority for the New Year. It's hard to be everything to everyone when you yourself are not centered... meditation is a good way to find that balance.

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