The holidays are near, bringing a veritable treat for the mind, body, and spirit as we explore the sights, sounds, tastes, sensations, libations, and feasts of the season. Along with the cheer, this busy time is also centered on overspending on gifts, stressing over family gatherings, and in general not taking the time to enjoy the season. Many see it as a mission with too much to do in a very limited amount of time.
As the new year rolls in, this self-perpetuating cycle finds many people looking at a mountain of debt and feeling completely exhausted. Vowing to do better next year, resolutions are made on New Year’s Day in an attempt not to repeat the same mistakes again.
What if, this year, you proactively set your intentions in order to avoid these mistakes before the holidays begin?
Here are six tips to setting intentions, designed to help make the holidays happy, fulfilling, and light:
1. Create new traditions.
The holiday season doesn’t have to be crammed into just one day. The ancient celebration of Yule, for example, is a 12-day festival. Consider creating new traditions by spreading out the celebrations over multiple days, including having a party on December 21st, leaving December 25th to relax with family at home. There’s no need to absorb all the costs for the party either — invite your guests to bring their favorite dish to share, along with a note card attached to the dish describing why it is meaningful to them at the holidays.
A joyous holiday season is not about perfection; it’s about the memories created during this time. Share the shopping, wrapping, and decorating with your family and friends. This is an opportunity for children to learn about the spirit of giving and receiving. Hand-wrapped gifts by children are charming and the cookies prepared by your local bakery are just as appreciated, rather than trying to squeeze one more to-do item into your evening…
Read the rest of how to set your holiday intentions to make it a good year in my article on the Huffington Post. And if you’re feeling in the holiday spirit, show me some love and leave a comment on Huff Po, which helps just like reviews do with books. May this holiday season be merry and light and may all your holiday dreams come true!
About the author Kala Ambrose: Award winning author, national columnist, inspirational speaker, and host of the Explore Your Spirit with Kala Show, Kala Ambrose’s teachings are described as discerning, empowering and inspiring. Whether she’s speaking with world-renowned experts on the Explore Your Spirit with Kala Show, writing about empowering lifestyle choices or teaching to groups around the country, fans around the world tune in daily for her inspirational musings and lively thought-provoking conversations.
A highly interactive teacher on a mission to educate, entertain and inspire, Kala teaches and writes about ancient wisdom teachings and how their techniques can be used in modern day living. Her books, The Awakened Aura: Experiencing the Evolution of Your Energy Body and 9 Life Altering Lessons: Secrets of the Mystery Schools Unveiled both cover these topics. In addition, Kala shares her love of history, travel and the spirit world in her books Spirits of New Orleans and Ghosthunting North Carolina. Her books are designed to explore the history of cities in an entertaining manner while sharing haunted stories and offering travel tips on how to best see the cities to shop, dine, stay, and visit the haunted sites.
Kala writes for the Huffington Post, the Examiner, AOL, Yahoo and Fate Magazine and presents workshops nationally on the Mind/Body/Spirit connection including Auras and Energy Fields, Developing Entrepreneur Intuition, Haunted History, and Wisdom Teachings at the Omega Institute, John Edward Presents Infinite Quest, Edgar Cayce’s ARE, the Learning Annex, LilyDale Assembly, Daily Om and her school, the Academy of Mystical Arts & Spiritual Sciences.