5 Mindfulness Self-Care Gift Ideas
GIFT VOUCHERS now available
Can you believe it’s nearly Christmas? I’ve said this once before today and I don’t even have to rush out and buy a tree or a turkey or presents. I am having a low key Christmas here in Vietnam. A buffet lunch with friends at a nice hotel, easy peasy!
But I remember only too well that Christmas can be a very busy and often stressful time. Organising a family get-together is always fraught with danger as is cooking a three course meal for the extended family. So I thought it might be nice to think of a few gift ideas that can enrich our lives with mindfulness and self-care this Christmas and, hopefully, beyond.
If you haven’t made enough time for yourself this year, here are some great self-care gift ideas to put yourself back on your to-do list. We now also have gift vouchers available so that you can gift our products to those you care about or ask those who care about you to give you some mindfulness and self-care as we close one year and get ready for a brand new one.
1. An end-of-year Mindfulness Reset Self-Care Kit
We lead busy lives and we live in a noisy world and by the end of the year many of us feel scattered and disconnected from ourselves. That’s why I’ve created this Mindfulness Reset Self-Care Kit. It’s a self-care gift that will allow you to step off auto-pilot and come home to yourself during the busy holiday season.
It includes 5 original singing bowl meditations (3 of which are guided by yours truly) that you can download to your phone, tablet or Ipad, so that you can press pause, anywhere, anytime.
It comes with a 35-page work book of journaling prompts that will allow you to take stock of the year that’s been and to find out who you want to be in the new year and what you want from life as we enter a new decade.
It’s a great self-care gift to give yourself and to others. GIFT VOUCHERS are now available!
ON SALE for only $29
2. An e-course: Mindful Journaling
Mindfulness is the simple practice of being present to what is, moment by moment, breath by breath, without judgment.
Mindful journaling is helpful if you crave deeper connection with your true self, clarity about your values and goals and the ability to be compassionate towards yourself and others.
This course is an opportunity to create healthy habits and to learn practical tools that you can use whenever life feels stressful or a struggle. Like any skill, you’ll get better at it with regular practice. All it takes is half an hour a day.
Mindful Journaling, is a 6-week online course designed to help you establish a regular meditation and writing practice. It incorporates original, guided singing bowl meditations, that help align the frequencies of both hemispheres of the brain and induce a sense of deep calm. If you have no idea what I am talking about, here is a little sound sample for you. For best results, use a pair of good headphones.
Click here to find out more about Mindful Journaling. Give it as a mindfulness self-care gift to yourself or to someone you care about! GIFT VOUCHERS available.
ON SALE for only $89 with this code: happy2020
3. A Retreat
A retreat is the ultimate self-care gift you can give yourself! It’s also something that should be part of everybody’s annual self-care regime. That’s one of the many things my grueling first retreat—a 10 day silent Vipassana retreat, in the foothills of Kandy in Sri Lanka—taught me.
I shared a dormitory with a dozen local women who were as different from each other as I was from them. There were uneducated local farmers, merchant bankers, university professors and everything in-between. What they had in common was the belief that an annual retreat is essential to our spiritual and mental well-being.
I am running TWO RETREATS in Hoi An next year. Rest and recharge with my 5-day Easter retreat (April 10 – 14) or come home to yourself for a week with deep writing & meditation in September (6 – 13 September).
We have gift vouchers available so that you can ask those who care about you to contribute to the most important self-care gift you can give yourself this year! EARLY BIRD prices available.
Here are three self-care gifts I love but haven’t made:
4. A meditation app
I’ve meditated on and off for years. During my bereavement I locked myself away in meditation centres all over Asia for many weeks. It was as painful as it sounds, but it was also deeply healing. Today meditation remains part of my morning routine, because I know that it’s deeply nourishing for my overall well-being and for that of those who come into contact with me. When I meditate I am less cranky. It’s that simple.
But getting a routine to stick can be hard. I recently tried out a few meditation apps in the name of research for an article. After years on the cushion, I’ve been surprised by how useful I found an app for keeping me accountable. An app will tell me how often and for how long I’ve meditated and it will remind me when I’ve been slack.
The app I ended up paying a year-long subscription for is Calm. It has cool 7 and 21 day packages of guided meditations to get you started and to work on targeted areas, ie. 7 days of Calm, Managing Stress, Anxiety, Sleep etc.
I am extremely picky when it comes to voices. But Tamara Levitt’s voice soft and soothing and makes me want to come back for more!
The app also has a timer if you simply want to meditate on your own, there are several calming background noises to choose from. I prefer the birdsong and lake sound, but there is also the background theme sound of crackling fire which might be appropriate for the Christmas season if you live in the northern hemisphere.
5. A book: The Miracle of Mindfulness
The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation is a great place to start for anybody who who is curious about mindfulness meditation. It’s a term that’s bandied about a lot these days. This book provides an interesting background to the practice and to the man who in the West is revered as the father of mindfulness, Thich Nhat Hanh.
In Vietnam, where I live, most people haven’t heard his name. That’s because he lived in exile for five decades. He wrote this book originally in Vietnamese in 1974, as a long letter of teaching and encouragement from his exile in France. It’s beautifully written and packed with anecdotes and practical exercises to teach the reader the skills of being fully awake to the present moment.
In his gentle and clear writing style, Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us over and over that happiness, peace and calm can be accessed in the present moment. Anything, from washing the dishes, to peeling an orange or driving the kids to school is an opportunity to practice mindfulness. It’s a book to be read slowly, as each of the seven chapters provides plenty of wisdom and techniques that need to be experienced and practiced in order to be fully understood and appreciated.
“Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
Please pass this on to friends or family who might be interested.
PLEASE NOTE: Except for Write Your Journey products, I have no affiliate links with any of these gift suggestions. I am simply sharing them here because they work for me.