How to Be Mindful While Holiday Shopping

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Meditation for Real Life

“Hectic holiday shopping is a good example of how stress goes viral. Getting caught up in the frenzy around you can be avoided by turning your shopping into a mindful activity.” — Dr. Deepak Chopra, founder of the Jiyo app and the Chopra Center for Wellbeing

Before you leave the house, sit quietly and center yourself for a few minutes.

Visualize the real purpose of your task in the delighted faces of those you are gifting.

Feel warmth in the region of your heart as you do this visualization.

When you go to the store, return to this warm, centered feeling as you enter the store.

Be mindful of each person for whom you are buying a gift, rather than the hectic pace around you.

Focus on the friendly faces and happy encounters around you.

Be mindful of the joy of giving, returning to this whenever you can.

Be mindful of your limits.

If shopping begins to be stressful or tiring, leave and take a break.