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can you believe that christmas was just 2 days ago? the holidays take over like a whirling tornado and leave you thrown aside wondering what happened. travels to and from, cookie baking and decorating, much needed naps, sitting in front of a fire unclear on what day it is, unwrapping gifts, pretending you LOVE the chrismas socks with bells you receive each year, guilt over not spending enough time with the family, and simply enjoying being. then back to reality. wow!

it’s so nice how the city truly does sleep during the holidays. i can leave my house in the evening, come home, and still find a parking spot. my e-mail has been down the past 24 hours but i know when it returns, i won’t be overwhelmed with tons of urgent e-mails because most other sane folks are taking it easy this week. the holidays are here and the after shock is felt heavily this week and fully next, after new years. i mention “holiday humdrum” because i often experience what i coin “post vacation blues,” the feeling that something i’ve looked forward to for a while is over and now back to the norm. even though the norm is quite fun (and often challenging), it’s the feeling about a season being over. yet, i guess it is important to realize that it really isn’t, we still have a brand new year to celebrate and santa returns in less than 363 days.

i thought i’d mention my reflection with the passing of another holiday season in case you too are feeling the after shock. maybe it is the reminder that time continues to speed up as we age, that the time we spend with family and friends is incredibly unique and special, that each moment of our life is a moment of potential yoga practice, that the never ending to-do list is always waiting, and that the return to reality (even though today has been spent in bed with a cold, hot tea, warm chewy louis, and my laptop) really isn’t that bad. happy holidays and may your return to reality be slow, gentle, and compassion-filled.