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Presence over Presents: Embracing Mindfulness over the Holidays!

Embracing the Joy of Presence over Presents!


For many of us, the holiday season is a magical time filled with warmth, laughter, and the joy of being surrounded by loved ones. In the midst of the festive chaos, it's easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of preparations, decorations, shopping, and gift-giving. However, amidst the hustle and bustle, the true essence of the holidays lies in being PRESENT with family. Practicing mindfulness during this season can deepen our connections, foster gratitude, and create lasting memories.


This holiday season, TRY the following to cultivate PRESENCE


1. Unplug and Connect:

In a world dominated by screens, take a conscious step back. Set aside dedicated time to unplug from technology, allowing yourself and your loved ones to engage in meaningful conversations without distractions. Make eye contact, hug tight, bake together, try a new recipe, go far a walk, check-in about LIFE! SLOW DOWN & BE together. These simple act can create an environment conducive to genuine connections.


2.Gather with Gratitude:

Before diving into the gift exchange or holiday feast, gather your family for a gratitude reflection. Take turns expressing appreciation for the moments shared throughout the year. This practice can cultivate a positive atmosphere and reinforce the true spirit of the season.


By embracing mindfulness this holiday season, we can amplify the joy and warmth that the holidays bring, fostering deeper connections and a sense of gratitude that lasts long after the season has passed.


Hug Tight & Breathe Deep.


Love Always,

LaShonda Sims Duncan, MFT, LPCC-S, LCMHC, NCC, RYT200, SEP

Founder & CEO of Sims Counseling & Consulting in Louisville, Kentucky


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