Boxing Day is a secular holiday celebrated the day after Christmas Day. Historically, this day was designated so that service people and tradesmen could receive gifts from their employers and get a day off to visit their own families, as they were typically working on Christmas. The custom of visiting extended family and friends is still practiced today.
After a brief break, I look forward to getting back in the studio to teach. Seeing my students and moving beyond my inner circle of private time at home with loved ones feels like the appropriate extension of the Boxing Day spirit to me.
With this in mind, how will you then spend your Boxing Day?
Over-stimulated by the holiday celebrations? What about getting on your mat for some quiet time to reap the benefits and gifts that you deserve in focus, quiet, and connected balance?
Long time since you saw that friend across town you have been meaning to see? Pick up your phone and call them and make a tea date to get caught up!
What about sending out an email to your friends across the ocean checking in with them and sending an update about you?
Make a few skype dates before the New Year with friends and family that are far away!
Have pets? Get off your computer and play with them. Take them for a long walk or bring them a special food treat.
However you spend Boxing Day, the spirit of giving and receiving and spending time with loved ones can inspire new and ongoing practices of connecting with what matters in your life. Now that is a gift that can keep on giving!
- TaraMarie Perri