There are some things that I've learned help pull me back to that place of celebration and joy. Here's what works for me:
1. I seek out things to be grateful for - although I think gratitude journals are very powerful I usually don't have time for them. Instead, when I feel my inner Grinch coming on I take a moment to review all that I'm grateful for. I make a point to ignore the flaws and focus on the benefits that surround me. If I'm really having a hard time thinking of something I go seek it out ... looking purposefully and noticing the kindness of strangers, or taking a walk and noticing the abundance in nature. This works every. single. time. I just need to do it!!!
2. I remind myself that everything is energy and I can cultivate my own personal energy. This is so empowering to know! If I make time to meditate, do some positive visualization, and incorporate movement like yoga or chi gong I am able to better harness the energy that surrrounds me and the power of my mind to hold it in place. It instantly gets me out of any rut or mood I'm in. Try this: Visualize yourself connected to earth and spirit energy by a beam of light that extends above and below you. Feel the energy from both directions and call it towards your heart center. See the energies meeting in your heart and beginning to circulate and enlarge until it moves outside and around you forming a shell. See only positive things being able to penetrate this energy shell. You can send and receive love and abundance through this shell but are protected from negativity and feelings of lack. Trust me you will no longer feel depleted after this short exercise!
3. Whenever I'm feeling stressed about finances I turn the table on it by giving and giving more. It's easy to forget that money is just energy and energy needs to circulate and flow. I often find that if I initiate the flow by giving time, love, compliments, services, gifts or donations, without the expectation of getting anything back, the abundance somehow gets returned to me in unexpected ways. Just making someone else's day for a moment sheds away that bad mood anyway.
4. I tone things down a bit. This year I opted out of mailing Christmas cards to all of our family, friends and neighbors. I decided it took too much time and too much money and I'd rather do other things with both. It was a hard decision but once I made it I felt so much better! I'll send wishes electronically and send a prayers and blessings out as needed! Sometimes I even tone down our decorations in the middle of the season. Adding all of that high vibration stuff into the home all at once can really change your space and how you feel. If I notice I'm feeling amped up or the kids just can't settle I shift things around and even remove stuff until it feels better. This year we've opted for fewer blinking-colored lights and musical ornaments and more homemade gingerbread house centerpieces and fires in the fireplace. The kids haven't missed the excitement and mommy loves it!
Overall, I think my grinchy mood is a yearly reminder that I'm doing it wrong and focusing on the wrong stuff. Maybe someday I won't need these tips because I'll finally remember the real meaning of the holidays all the way through the season! But for now I need these reminders and exercises to keep me on track. I hope these help you get in the holiday spirit if your missing it!
Happy Holidays and Happy Feng Shui-ing!