Practicing Presence at the Holidays

December 15, 2014 2:47 PM

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It's tempting to get embroiled in the unfinished business of a lifetime when you're spending time with the people who helped create it in the first place. Even if your parents are no longer with you, or you're the parents now and the kids come home to you, it's easy to get triggered by the old familiar interactions, the habitual banter and patterns of behavior. But the truth is, the past no longer exists except as thoughts in your mind right now. In this moment, is there any problem that isn't generated by your thinking, judging, interpreting mind? Let go of the thoughts, and the past has lost its hold over you.

For the rest of the year you may be well aware that the seemingly separate self you take yourself to be is actually intimately interconnected with everyone and everything else -- and then a family member says a few words that trigger a lifetime of anger and hurt, and you suddenly feel solid and sepa...

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