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A mindful christmas

The holidays are not just about receiving, more importantly they are about giving. It is a time for love, compassion and gratefulness. A time to cultivate mindfulness. And since happiness comes from our own actions, here are our tips for a Christmas well spent.

Take the time to talk to the elderly lady next door. Take the time to look after your friends and family. Call that person you’ve been meaning to speak to but you haven’t had the time. Take the time to cook a hearty meal, warm up with a glass of mulled wine and fill your house with laughter.

Take the time to mend that broken clock, to hang the painting that never got hung, to clean the gutters and mow the lawn. Take the time to fix that leaky tap. Now is as good a time as any.

Take the time to drink a glass of wine and listen to the radio. To read the book you never finished. Take the time to write a letter to your future self, so that next Christmas you remember how you felt today.

Take the time to be quiet. Take the time to reflect on the year that has just passed. Take the time to ask yourself who you are and what you want. Take time out for yourself because you are the only one who will.

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