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Stress less this season!

Thanksgiving is over and now we are on to the tough stuff! Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday right out of the gate. With so many choices, so little time, how do we find that perfect gift for everyone?

Here's a radical thought. Why not take a (deep) breath and not react in a Pavlovian way to the dings, buzzes and other intrusive noises coming from your devices.

Instead, take time to consider what is really important this holiday season - and it ain't Santa (or Amazon deals).

I was recently at the Pine Wind Zen Center to learn how to meditate correctly. It wasn't about perfection, it was about doing. It was about being present in the moment, even if that moment wasn't comfortable (I was there two hours!). Noticing things and then letting them go. This holiday season, I am going to apply being present more than getting presents, and see what happens.

I am also going to let go of expectations. You know what I mean - expecting everyone to be on their best behavior, the house to be super clean, the tree to be perfectly lit and decorated, and the cat not to knock the ornaments off. Let it go, and enjoy the silly, human (and non-human) moments as they come.

Lastly, I am going to keep moving. Nothing like a brisk walk (preferably with a friend) in the woods on a crisp, sunny day to keep you centered and keep anxiety at bay. Not to mention a nice dose of Vitamin D.

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