Are winter blues or holiday pains building up? Family is a major source of stress everywhere and holidays mean dealing with these conflicted relationships. There are excellent free online resources that can be helpful and here are some. So much is shared and given by many, gifted with great generosity–as we receive these rich gifts it helps to give back as well in whatever way we can.
The New York Times Expert Column
To understand the emotional chemistry, math, and have good strategies for family conflicts and rifts The New York Times has an excellent Expert column “Negotiating Conflicts, Part: 1 Family Grudges” by Sheila Heen. Ms. Heen lectures at Harvard Law School and specializes in negotiations. Look out for the other parts, the next one is on holiday conflicts.
Mahasri Yoga Online Breathing and Meditation Tracks
For immediate as well as long-lasting emotional relief, breathing practices and guided meditations are very helpful. There are seven tracks for pranayama/breathing tracks on http://www.mahasriyoga.com/pranayama/tracks.html. The guided meditation practices on http://www.mahasriyoga.com/meditation/tracks.html are longer and include the popular Satyananda-based yoga nidras–there are five yoga nidras and “Role of Purpose and Beyond” can help us see ourselves as others see us as well enable us to see someone else’s point of view. These can complement the information in the Times column.
Taking the mind and awareness from the turmoil of the mind, the emotion of the heart, to the depth of the tranquil ocean of the abdominal and pelvic area provides relief from anxiety and stress. Try the easy asanas/yoga poses described in Yoga for Emotional and Physical Stability by Shari Friedrichsen in the May 2013 issue of Yoga International.