It’s the holiday season, and this can be a challenging time of year. When we discussed this in my meditation group, the word that came up to describe it was, “expectations.”
Of course, the holidays bring many expectations from society, others, and ourselves.
We may expect the holidays to be very special — after all that is the image we have seen in the movies and on “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Miracle on 34th Street.” We may also have special memories from when we were children. If our time falls short of these images, we may feel disappointed and distressed. Just the anticipation of these images can make approaching the holidays stressful.
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