How to Maintain Your Daily Spiritual Practice During the Busy Holiday Season

It’s just about that time of year, when the holidays are fast approaching and everyone is scrambling to get ready for the impending family gatherings, feast days and shopping frenzy. Whether you are celebrating American Thanksgiving, Christmas, Yule and the Winter Solstice, the new year or other cultural celebrations, it’s definitely the season of distractions. I know that I, for one, always struggle to maintain my daily spiritual practice (or any spiritual practice at all) in November and December, when things are so crazy. 

So how you stay connected to you daily spiritual practice during the busy holiday season? I have a couple of great, actionable tips for you today, to help you and me both get a jumpstart on staying connected this year!

How to Maintain Your Daily Spiritual Practice During the Busy Holiday Season | The Witch of Lupine Hollow
  1. First and foremost, it’s important to be reasonable with yourself. If you know you’re going to be incredibly busy with parties, family gatherings, travel plans and cooking/feasting, then don’t try to hold yourself to the same standard that you might have the rest of the year. If your normal daily spiritual practice consists of an hour of meditation and journaling in the morning and 30 minutes of yoga in the evening, for example, you might consider paring it down to 30 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the evening. Or if you know you’re going to a lot of evening parties and gatherings, maybe plan to pause your evening practice until the new year. Just be realistic and try to plan for the changes in your schedule. 
  2. On that same note, schedule in time for your practice. The trap I always seem to fall into is that if I don’t set aside dedicated time for my spiritual practice this time of year, it doesn’t happen at all. So in addition to considering the increased limitations of your holiday schedule, be sure to make specific time in your day or week for your spiritual practice. 
  3. Make the holiday celebrations a spiritual experience. Rather than trying to cram your daily spiritual practice into the day alongside the holiday festivities, try to merge the two together. What can you do to make your holiday celebrations (and the chaos that sometimes surrounds them) feel more spiritual? Some obvious examples are to practice Yule and winter solstice rituals and spells, but also consider drawing tarot cards to help you choose the perfect gifts for loved ones, lighting candles around the house at night to bring light to the darkness (a classic spiritual winter theme and a cozy atmosphere for holiday parties) and infuse dishes you are making for parties with love and magick. 
  4. Be gentle with yourself. When you fall off the spiritual wagon, don’t beat yourself up. It doesn’t make you a bad witch or a bad person, it just makes you human. So when you do inevitably miss a day or two (or a week) of your daily spiritual practice during the holiday season, don’t get upset with yourself or feel guilty – just recommit to making the time for your spirituality and start fresh. 

What are the struggles and challenges you face with your daily spiritual practice? Do you find that the busy holiday season can get in the way or have you found ways that work for you to incorporate the holidays into your spiritual experience?

In my program, Developing Your Daily Spiritual Practice, we talk more about maintaining your practice even when it’s challenging – when the seasons change, when you can’t physically practice due to travel, illness, etc, and more! If this is a topic you struggle with or are interested in learning more about, sign up for the program now.

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