Yep. Holidays can feel like this.
Let's put this word 'sabotage' where it belongs...
I love the way Caroline Myss so poetically and powerfully writes about the Saboteur Archetype. (Highly recommend her book Sacred Contracts if you want to dive more deeply into that.)
First thing's first: we all have one. No exceptions.
Secondly, our Saboteur Archetype is not on a hell-bent mission to make us miserable. Quite the contrary actually. Its becomes present as a way to alert us when we're sabotaging ourselves. So, in other words, just like fear, or resistance, or envy, it's a divine invitation to course correct, re-gather yourself, and get with your life without the restriction of limitation.
I love knowing that the power is within me.
I don't want to feel victimised by anything.
Not a person, not an unconquerable archetype that I perceive to be separate from me, not the busyness of the holiday season.
When I know that the power is within me to design my life the way I want it, I have just that - the damn power.
And I'm all up for having a power-full end to the year, rather than succumbing to Silly Season Sabotage. What about you?
Let me help:
Here's a quick re-cap.
1. Rearrange your reward system.
What else can you do (besides getting hammered or eating your weight's worth of turkey or pudding) to celebrate your year?
2. Identify your triggers and your unique way in which you 'sabotage.'
Do you overeat? Do you get super sedentary? Do you find yourself becoming anxious amongst all the holiday happenings? Bring awareness to this and know that you can support yourself with small actions at any time.
3. Make it easy to 'win.'
'I'll meditate for 5 minutes rather than 20.' 'I'll slow down and walk rather than run.' 'Mindfulness will be my meditation today...'
You might also really dig this:
This time last year I shared the best hangover cure ever. (I cried recording this. Not sure how that happened)
There's no better time of year than right now to get honest with yourself and identify who you may need to forgive and release. We don't want to be carrying self-built resentment into our new year. This is an outstanding example of how to do just that; a beautiful reminder that actually, no one can make us feel anything. Anything. All the power, and all the peace, is within each of us.
I'd love to hear from you in the comments. Instead of telling us what you're out to avoid this holiday season, share with us your small commitments of how you do want to live out these next few weeks. And remember, make it easy for yourself!
All shares appreciated.
Photographer: Tahl Rinsky