Last year I shared a few of the elf stories I had written for my grandkids. Well, while skimming through my archives of holiday stories for ideas, I came upon one of those elf tales. The theme being au courant, I decided to go for a reprint. Hope you enjoy.
Greetings and Salutations. Samuel here. After Santa talked with me about being responsible and productive in my free time, I said I would learn about meditation. I actually attended one of elf Yancy the Yogi’s Yoga classes. He taught us stretches and mindfulness. Then he taught Laughter Yoga. That was fun but not something I could really do by myself. When I was in the Smith house alone, I did do a lot of elf thinking. Here’s how I decided to spend those hours when no one was home.
The mindfulness technique Yancy taught was simply notice new things. I figured I could do that. Every day I would look around the house and try to notice something new. It turned into a fun game for me. I was amazed how many new things I noticed that I had not seen before I started paying attention. I highly recommend this noticing game.
After I got done noticing new things, there was still lots of time to fill. What to do next meant some more elf thinking. The children have a special shelf with all their Christmas books and stories. Why not spend some time reading them myself and see what people write about us and the North Pole operation.
There were some very beautiful and heart-warming stories. Those stories touched upon the essence of Christmas which includes peace, good will and loving kindness to all. There were also several stories about Santa, Mrs. Santa, elves, and the North Pole. Where do some of these humans get their ideas? If they had an inkling of the truth North Pole Enterprises would be in great jeopardy. Lucky for us, they will never know. Still, those stories make enjoyable reading to pass the time.
Okay. I did mention meditation so I must address the topic. I tried everything Yancy taught us. Sadly, I am not very good at this meditation thing yet. The taking deep breaths went well, but then I would fall asleep or my head would fill up with all kinds of thoughts. The thoughts were entertaining, but the idea is to have a quiet mind. I will keep practicing. Something I learned in my elf training as I was growing up was how important it is to work hard, put in a good effort and keep trying. Good things happen when you do that. That’s how I got appointed to be part of the CIA (Christmas Information Agency) and became one of Santa’s Not So Secret Agent Elves. You never know what’s possible unless you keep trying.
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