How To Enjoy The Holidays In Peace

“If you think you’re enlightened, go spend a week with your family.” – Ram Dass

I love this quote from Ram Dass. It’s especially relevant for me since my whole family was here for a week over Thanksgiving. I’m usually pretty serene but their visit was a reminder that I still haven’t “transcended” all family-related stressors and reactions. I did notice that I’ve come a looong way from where I was before, and I accredit that to learning to meditate. My awareness allowed me to focus on gratitude, and for the most part, the visit was wonderful, relaxing, and a lot of fun.

Whether you have a big family or none at all, emotions can run high and get triggered during this time of year. The holidays also tend to lure us into the trap of seeking joy in the having and doing of things versus the being of our true selves.

When you have a grounding practice like Vedic meditation in place (and use it consistently), it gives you the space to be with it all objectively and to practice looking for fulfillment within instead of outside of ourselves.

Vedic doesn’t aim to fix or change life, or have us walk around in perpetual state of bliss, but it does help us be more adaptable. As meditators, we don’t attempt to avoid but instead embrace challenges—like family—and turn them into opportunities for growth and joy.

Bhagavad Gita: “Established in being, perform action.”

This verse above from the Bhagavad Gita points to the importance of meditation as an access to BEING. From there, we move into action guided by our higher self. We operate with more energy, clarity, focus, and peace. That leads to more productivity and fulfillment.

Like anything else, it’s a practice.

If you’re thinking you don’t have time, think again. What’s different about Vedic is that it’s meditation for “householders” (AKA: modern day people). We have homes, jobs, families, and crazy-busy lives. So, it’s not about being a monk or living in a cave. It’s easy to practice and easy to implement in the reality of modern life.

I hope to see you soon and have a wonderful holiday season!

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Kelli Douglas

Kelli Douglas is a former real estate broker turned Vedic Meditation teacher who just opened up a meditation studio on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. When she’s not teaching, she enjoys hanging out with her adorable 6-year-old son.

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