The holidays are busy. Busyness is like an addiction. This claim was addressed recently in a Yoga Journal article. Busyness, and the multi-tasking that is associated with it is called, "Activity Addiction."
"Activity addiction is like any other addiction: As it progresses, you need more and more hits to get the original glow. So you add one more item to your schedule, then another."
To get out of the busyness cycle, and learn how to balance an active schedule, the article suggests practicing meditation - internal and external mediation.
An Old Zen Story
One monk is sweeping the temple steps. The second monk scolds the first for sweeping instead of meditating, "You are too busy!" he says. The sweeping monk answers, "You should know that there is one inside me who is not busy."
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The holiday festivities are at their peak. Is there someone on your list whose meditation practice brings them comfort and joy? Slow down the busyness of the season with these spirited and grounded DIY gifts.
5 DIY Gifts for the Zen Meditator
Sewing a Meditation Pillow not only gives root to restorative positions, it can be a meditative act in itself!
Create a Zen river in a jar.
Make a Buddha Snow Globe. Inscribe this Buddhist phrase:
"Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace."