OMG, I am loving all things Christmas right now! The lights, the cheesy movies, the cookies and the music!
This past weekend my husband and I went to the annual Holiday on Cape Symphony Concert and it had me grinning from ear to ear! It’s so fun that we’re creating these traditions together, as this was our second time attending.
It’s the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit, and I noticed 2 things that gave me so much joy that I wanted to share with you.
First off, the magic of traditions.
Having an annual experience that I look forward to each year is so special.
This concert, going to the Chatham Christmas Stroll, watching all my favorite Christmas movies, hanging the lights outside / decorating the house the same way each year, going to the Chatham Bars Inn for Christmas dinner, singing my favorite Christmas songs - these have all become traditions for Paul and I since we’ve been together, and I am so excited to see how it unfolds throughout the years.
It makes me so happy!
The other thing that I became well aware of during the concert was how clapping can instantly uplift you and bring you joy.
I learned this in my yoga teacher training.
Clapping is a mudra (hand position) we use to break up stagnation around the heart, and elevate your mood - and clapping is such a natural thing to do when you’re happy!
If you’re feeling the winter blues, or are feeling heavy and uninspired, try clapping for 1 to 3 minutes.
It might seem weird but it will totally shift your mood, I promise!
This past Sunday was a totally dreary, dark, rainy day, and I didn’t get outside to walk or do any sort of yoga practice, so I was feeling the stagnation.
As soon as I started clapping in between songs, I gained more energy and enthusiasm. Granted the music and the concert helped, but you get the picture!
I encourage you to think about the Christmas / Holiday traditions that you look forward to each year and give it some attention and gratitude.
Gratitude keeps our blessings alive!
And if you’re feeling down, just clap!:)