A Healing Brew for Holiday Stress

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This release offers a simple way to manage holiday stress by being still, receiving love, embracing life and welcoming the moment. The first letter of each step forms the acronym b.r.e.w.

"In the holiday season's busyness and stress, we often miss tremendous inner spiritual blessings," says Kirk Byron Jones, Ph.D. ,author of Morning B.R.E.W.: A Divine Power Drink for Your Soul (Augsburg Books, 2005). Jones recommends these four steps that form the acronym b.r.e.w, for experiencing a more soulfully satisfying holiday season:

1. Be Still. Stillness allows persons to empty themselves of thoughts and feelings that diminish life, and make room for life-affirming beliefs and emotions.    

2. Receive Love. In this time of giving, don't forget to relish the kindness and gratitude offered by others. The more persons receive,

the more they have to give.

3. Embrace Life. Numbness and cynicism are not healthy choices in a world that seems overwhelming at times. Hopeful acceptance is

a better choice. This attitude empowers people to present their best to life's challenges and celebrations.

4. Welcome the Moment. Aspire and set goals, but always in a spirit of contentment. Now is all anyone has for sure. And now's blessings are more than enough when persons take time to notice them more.        

Jones refers to the following parable as a reminder to persons that inner peace and well-being are cultivated from within: "There is a story told of the musk deer of North India. In the springtime, the roe is haunted by the odor of musk. He runs wildly over hill and ravine with his nostrils dilating and his little body throbbing with desire, certain that around the next group of trees or bushes he will find musk, the object of his quest. Then at last he falls, exhausted, with his little head resting on his tiny hoofs, only to discover that the odor of musk was in his own hide."

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