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This holiday season, consider giving experiences that bring inner wealth. Material possessions can be lovely and useful, but they bring fleeting happiness. Experiences, on the other hand, can be life-changing, bring lasting pleasure, and stay with us forever. Surprise your friends and family with these unique gifts of learning and doing rather than having. You’ll be the favorite gift-giver of the holiday season. —JASMINE BILALI
Give a loved one the life-changing gift of one to four private meditation sessions. It’s challenging for most people to establish a meditation practice. Once they do, they usually regret not having done so sooner. Meditation helps us to become present and is proven to decrease stress and can thereby also reduce anxiety, chronic pain, depression, heart disease, and high blood pressure. It also helps us to connect with our authentic selves. By doing all of this, meditation changes lives. Personalized instruction will provide your loved one with an understanding of the science behind the practice and help to get them going.
ASTROLOGY OR PSYCHIC READING
A session with a professional astrologer or psychic is a unique gift that can often provide a deeper understanding of one’s self and clarity in some area of life. Your loved one will gain a greater awareness or validation of their natural strengths, barriers, and opportunities. A psychic or astrologer can help us to understand and harness the current energy operating in our lives. Even if the receiver is unfamiliar with these experiences, it’s always intriguing to gain insight into yourself—and it’s fun!
BREAKTHROUGH SESSION WITH A LIFE COACH
A life coach for personal development in areas like mindfulness, health, home (which has gained much more attention now that we work from home), mindset, or career is a gift anyone would appreciate. No more listening to your loved one talk about wanting to change some aspect of their life. Our time on the planet is finite. A life coach will help them to take action and achieve greater well-being by setting goals and priorities, outlining steps to reach them, and providing accountability.
Learning something new makes people more interesting to be around. It also improves the quality of their lives, brain health, self-esteem, and provides a sense of excitement and purpose. Get your loved one a class or course in a foreign language, photography, creative writing, cooking, art, fitness, yoga, or anything that will inspire them. Since COVID, more and more learning opportunities are online, so the possibilities are endless.