A Mindful Christmas

As Christmas nears and I think about the coming New Year, I ask myself what is it that I need to express at this time? I cannot deny that this time of year as joyful as it can be, reminds me of the loss of many who were dear and near to me. I am forever grateful to have had them in my life, yet selfishly; there is a definite void without them.

My goal this Christmas and beyond is to transcend the sense of loss and focus more on the lessons of strength and character that those who have departed have taught me. The best tribute that I can provide them is to remember them well and to do my best in making them proud.

This is a special time of year for holiday gatherings and loved ones coming together. Holidays may bring much joy or undue anxiety, stress, or sadness. This Christmas and New Year’s keep in mind these few reminders and know how grateful I am to you for taking the time to read my work:

-Don’t get lost in the commercialism of the holidays! It’s not about what you got or didn’t get. If you feel that you didn’t give enough to someone or some charity, there are 364 other days to help them out.

-Seek a solution! If you have physical pain, that can lead to emotional and spiritual pain. Any of the 3 may lead to the other, for that is the mind-body-spirit connection. Seek help, if you need it!

-Be mindful and realistic! We all have what we categorize as “good days” or “bad days” but it takes both for a complete experience. Appreciate both.

-Show kindness to those around you as well as yourself. We never really know what others are experiencing, so show some compassion. Don’t beat yourself up about  some event that did or didn’t turn out as planned.

-Don’t stress, breathe! Remember to have fun, enjoy those with whom you are celebrating, and fight stress through deep breathing and meditation.

These are just a few personal tips. If you think you are depressed seek professional help. I am not a doctor.

I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

About Karl Robb

Karl Robb has had Parkinson’s disease (PD) for over thirty years. With symptoms since he was seventeen years old, Karl was diagnosed at the age of twenty-three. Now fifty-one, he is a Parkinson’s disease advocate, an entrepreneur, an inventor, an author of two books (A Soft Voice in a Noisy World: A Guide to Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease and Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease and Other Health Conditions: A Workbook for Body, Mind, and Spirit) with his wife and care partner, Angela Robb. He has blogged for ten years on his website, ASoftVoice.com. He is a Community Team Member to ParkinsonsDisease.net and is a contributor to PatientsLikeMe.com. His blog, ASoftVoice.com, has been recognized four years in a row by Healthline.com as one of The Best Parkinson’s Blogs of 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015! Healthline.com also listed the book A Soft Voice in a Noisy World in their list of Best Parkinson’s Disease Books of 2017! FeedSpot.com has recognized ASoftVoice.com for 2018 and 2017 as a Top 50 Parkinson’s Disease blog. Karl was a blogger for the 2016 World Parkinson Congress in Portland, Oregon. He is a frequent speaker on Parkinson’s disease issues as well as an experienced advocate for Parkinson’s issues throughout the United States. He is also an advisor and consultant on Parkinson’s disease. Karl is a board member of both the Parkinson Voice Project and Parkinson Social Network based in Virginia. He was an active board member (6 years) and an advocate (18 years) with the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN). In his free time, he is a photographer, constant writer, longtime magician, and a practicing Reiki Jin Kei Do master. Karl received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been featured by The New York Post, BBC Radio, CBS News, National Public Broadcasting (NPR), in The New Republic magazine and NHK World Television, as well as several Washington, D.C., television stations. You may reach Karl via email at asoftvoice@gmail.com, on Facebook, or contact him via Twitter @asoftvoicepd. I’m available for speaking engagements to share my experience living with Parkinson’s disease. Please contact me at asoftvoice@gmail.com if you are interested in having me speak to your group, conference/symposium, or would like me to write an article for your newsletter or blog. I am not a medical professional and this information is my personal view. I am just sharing my medical journey with you, the reader. I encourage you to seek all avenues that can benefit your condition.

Posted on December 23, 2013, in Media & Trends, Parkinson's Disease, Philosophy, support groups, Wellness and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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