The holidays are upon us. In my house, Simone is particularly excited; we’re going to do a lot of baking together, and next weekend, we’ll string up our lights in our living room.

But the holidays are also a time that bring many of us into stress—to top all the stress that so many of us are feeling in the larger world.

I want to offer something to combat that stress so that we can feel better individually. Only then, will we have the resilience to show up with peace in the world, speak our truth and create a more peaceful society.

I’ve found that one of the biggest stressors in our lives is the disconnection between mind and body.

This disconnection helps explain our nation’s current health problems, our sexual abuse epidemic, and our environmental crises, to name just a few things, and it affects us both as a society and as individuals.

We live in such a segregated, siloed way that there are very few practices that help us bring mind and body back together.

But when we bring meditation, yoga and writing together, we can begin to make connections again between the different parts of ourselves.

I created a video to help us do just this. It provides a balancing meditation, some gentle yoga to awaken the spine, and a writing prompt. Done together, the practice invites you to listen to yourself, reconnect with your integrated self, and tap into your inner knowledge and creativity.

This is a nice, gentle practice that you can do every day.

I hope that you’ll enjoy the video and the practice. As you practice more, you’ll find the experience deepens.

The poem I read in the video, Guest House, by Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks, is one I often use because it’s a good reminder to be present with whatever arises and to cultivate gratefulness. And every time I read it, it brings something else up for me.

I hope you enjoy!

You can watch the video here:

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