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Got presence?

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The cookies are made, the presents are wrapped, the holiday parties are in full swing. Now I've decided to give myself the best gift this season: the gift of being present.

It happens every year - I get so preoccupied with the stuff that's associated with the holidays (shopping, baking, wrapping, etc) that I forget to just breathe and enjoy what the holidays are about. For me, the holidays are a time to be with my family and to step out of my normal work mode and our family routines. It's a suspended time, where we have full permission to stop. Businesses close, the kids are out of school, email slows down; it's a built-in vacation at the end of each year. So why don't we feel recharged after the holidays?


If we don't pay attention, the holidays become just another form of busyness, just another of our routines. It helps to worry less about the presents and more about presence. I am here, at this holiday party. I am looking friends and family members in the eyes, I am connecting, I am letting go of all the hustle and bustle it took to get me here. Think of it as an extension of your yoga practice; all that time you spend coming back to your breath, letting go of distracting thoughts, and observing yourself in the moment has prepared you to be right here to have a genuine conversation with the person in front of you.

It's really the best present we could give ourselves and the ones we love. Be present and make it a wonderful holiday!

Kerry is the Founder & Director of Bloom Yoga Studio, voted Best Yoga Studio in the Chicago Reader, Chicago Magazine, and Citysearch. As a practicing yogi, writer, and mother of three, Kerry is all about making the principles and philosophies of yoga real and accessible for day-to-day living. You can find Kerry on Google+.

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