In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s easy to get over stressed. Ease it all with Bible Origami. Remember the reason for the season while creating something special.
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The town I live in is the main hub in a rural area where people come to shop for the holidays from several states. As soon as the month of December hits it’s literally crawling. There is a buzz of energy that is thick and very stressful. Sadly, so many seem disconnected, upset, stressed out, and angry. And I totally get it!
I begin my Christmas shopping in July and finish in about October and get a few small things after Thanksgiving to avoid all the craziness. As a yoga instructor I find my classes focusing on grounding and destressing students and I see a huge difference after people come and meditate.
In the warmer seasons I will go to yoga class at least 5 times a week to rebalance and renew. It is very much my self-care as a mother to take one hour for myself and meditate. Without this practice angry Mommy happens and it is guilt filled and a losing situation for my little people and I. There is nothing that can replace the zen that comes from my devoted practice.
However, as the temperatures drop and the homeschool year is in full swing I find myself staying home more and more. I can feel the need creeping like a black cloud to meditate and exercise and have my measly one hour of selfish kid free time.
Honestly, going out into snow and ice covered roads is daunting for me. I am an icicle in moments. So what is a girl to do? In steps… my new book. Another book, because if I love anything besides my babies and my husband, it is reading. Reading you can do in a cocoon of warm wooly sweaters and fluffy down blankets. AND they ship them to your house. I mean really what can be better? Well, getting my reading and meditation together is better.
When Bible Origami arrived at my house I chuckled and thought, ok another project to toss on my ever mounting pile. But then it was a cabin fever day. The kids wanted to “do something” and that usually means bake sweet treats but Mommy was on the verge of maybe not happy zen yogini.
My sister popped by and then they are off the walls on the couch, possibly climbing the railings and walking on the ceilings. Sigh. What. Do. I. DO? Art projects that are not messy or full of sugar but will engage these ever busy little hands? Origami of course. All you need is paper and patients and ta da I am killing many birds with a single stone. Hoowaaa!
I pull out my book and paper and we are in business. My littles stuck around and started folding but then they drifted and I found myself in a fold, fold, crease, crease, create state of being. It was soothing and creative and quiet and besides initially being irritated and frustrated I found that same yogic peace as I made a manger, a star, a staff, and a sheep. My mind began to center and I just kept folding.
The directions and pictures take some time to understand and figure out the technique and it took some work. But as you continued immersing yourself it became more natural. A lot like yoga. When I finally finished I was feeling better more at peace and ready to get back to Mom-ing. Lucky for me I didn’t have to go out and freeze my snot into icicles and I found a new hobby to relax and ground myself during the holiday season.
I highly recommend finding ways to decompress and tell the stress of Christmas to kick rocks. It helps me simplify and remember why I celebrate my Saviors birth. Giving you focus in a busy chaotic time. What are some of your ways to find peace during this time of year?