Staying Connected and Open-Hearted

It is the small things in life that open the heart ~ the laugh of a child, the beauty of a flower, the touch of a hand, a simple kindness. In the simplicity of the moment true peace arrives. And when it does, the heart naturally begins to respond. ~ Ann Mortifee

During the busy holiday season, we often don’t make time to truly nurture ourselves so that we can give peaceful presence to those around us. It is the quality of our attention and open-heartedness that matter most to our loved ones, and the best gifts we can give. To support staying grounded and present, it’s important to stay connected to the simple things in our life that deeply nourish us. When we are replenished, we can then connect more generously and meaningfully with others. These nourishing things will be different for each of us. They may include savoring the beauty of nature, silence and solitude, connecting with our partner or a good friend, laughing with our children, being amazed by the night sky, singing, remembering the goodness in our life, expressing our gratitude. Whatever feeds us deeply is what we need to make time for during demanding times.

We can nurture ourselves physically by taking refuge in our body and anchoring through our senses—with quiet times of stillness, aware touch, beautiful music, mindful movement, conscious breathing. These nurturing respites will help us return to the peace and wholeness that is always within us. All of us at Massage Therapy Center Palo Alto wish you harmony, joy, and deep heart connections during this holiday season.