Oh! The Holiday Cheer….. BAH!

It is that time of year again, the crazy holiday season. The time when it seems every one is stressed, tired and very irritable. Whether it be on the road, standing in those long lines at the check out or just plain dealing with the regular folk in your life, it can be a trying time.

Why is that when the Holidays stroll along your family can turn into these uptight crazy people? It is almost impossible to please everyone on your list. How can you find your inner peace during this hectic time? I am trying desperately to stay focused on the good, to stay calm and just go with the flow. I admit, I am struggling a lot with finding my inner “happy place”.

Thankfully, the OWL has the solution. Find your peace, focus on the issues that matter, and enjoy a laugh along the way with these books that I recommend:

Talk to the Hand: The Utter Bloody Rudeness of the World Today, or Six Good Reasons to Stay Home and Bolt the Door by Lynne Truss is an absolutely hysterical book. Truss delves into the death of civil discourse, the loss of customer service, the refusal to live by any rules but one’s own, the all to common use of profanity, the dismissal of criticism, and the lack of responsibility. Each examination is not only an opportunity to rant but a thoughtful and intelligent effort to understand the obnoxious behavior.

Miss Manner’s Guide to Domestic Tranquility: The Authoritative Manual For Every Civilized Household, However Harried by Judith Martin. Miss Manners reminds the confused of basic civilized manners: no nosiness, no exploitation of social events for business purposes, no taking note of others’ rudeness, and taking an interest, whether faked or genuine, in one’s guests. Half-judge, half-humorist, Martin is very entertaining.

10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace by Dr. Wayne Dyer PH.D. Dyer suggests having a mind that is open and attached to nothing, treating yourself as if you already are what you’d like to be. You apply the  wisdom of avoiding all thoughts that weaken you. The book is complimented by peaceful pastel-colored watercolors.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff….and it’s all small stuff by Richard Carlson. Carlson provides common-sense advice for living a less hectic and more meaningful life. His essential message is that we get caught up in “the small stuff,” and never get around to doing what makes us or those around us happy. He advises readers to engage in such small kinds acts such as paying someone a compliment daily or writing a letter to a friend. Carlson urges small daily changes to bring about a more peaceful self.

Five Good Minutes in the Evening. 100 mindful practices to help you unwind from the day & make the most of your night by Jeffrey Brandley, MD and Wendy Millstine, NC. This book  offers 100 mindful exercises, visualizations and affirmations for busy readers who have trouble letting go of the workday. Restore your evening to a calm, serene experience and connect with your family. (have a nice dinner)

8 Minute Meditation: Quiet your Mind. Change Your Life by Victor Davich. This book offers a simple, easy program to help beginners experience reduced stress and increased focus in only eight minutes a day. Designed by meditation expert and bestselling author Victor Davich, this program teaches the basic principles of meditation.

An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life by the Dalai Lama, edited by Nicholas Vreeland. Dalai Lama continues to spread his message of compassion beyond the borders of Buddhism. The Dalai Lama teaches us that mediation is merley the process where we gain control over the mind and guide it in a more virtuous direction. Meditation is used also as a technique used to diminish the force of old thought habits and develope new postive ones. This book is a treasury of teachings that point clearly to a better way to live.

And finally if you just cannot find that inner peace– and all else fails– turn to Chocolate From Simple Cookies to Extravagant Showstoppers by Nick Malgieri. Triple Chocolate Pudding on page 202 will do the trick for me. How about you?

This post is authored by Audra

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