Mindful Completion During the Holidays


This is a time of year, when we all tend to feel deep emotions, stress, and comparison to past or imagined ideals of what holidays are supposed to be.

An antidote to this stress is to continue or create rituals that bring you genuine delight or at least some satisfaction.


I would like to suggest that you start or continue the simple ritual of reviewing your life story, for whatever is important during this time in your life.

I am offering you two options, one is a visualization and the other is a meditation. 

The retreat exercise can be used with either restorative pause.

Honor Your Story - Simple MeditationKaren Powers Wan
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Honor Your Life Story VisualizationKaren Powers Wan
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You can download this pdf or answer the prompts below.

Retreat Questions

The holiday season is one of the best times of the year to look at where you have been this year, and maybe even do a whole life review.


So much of our life is structured around feeling that we aren’t enough.  I created a simple guided meditation to help you to acknowledge what is important for you to know about your life story at this time.


This guided visualization takes you on a journey to your life story archives.  When you have finished listening to the visualization, answer the questions on the next page.

Let’s take some time to receive guidance and inspiration from the Honor Your Life Story Visualization that you just completed.


1.   What is the most important thing that you need to honor about your life story now?

2.   What aspects of your life story can you celebrate now?








3.   Is there anything unfinished in your life story that you didn’t realize until this exercise?









4.   Are there any ongoing themes in your life that you need to acknowledge and 

explore in more detail?  





5.   Are there any important people in your life that you need to thank or maybe reach out to during this holiday season?









6.    Is there anything you need to do during the holiday season to end or begin a new chapter in your life story?



After the Retreat

This guided visualization was a small taste of what it means to honor your life story.


It may be all that you need this season to celebrate your year and close out any unfinished business.

Depending on what’s happening in your life, you might want to take the time to create a mini-memoir that shows the highlights of your life. 


Once you have done this work, you won’t have to visualize what has shaped your life again. You will have a better sense of your value as a person. 


If you’re interested in creating a simple memoir that could be the basis for a full-length memoir or a Celebration of Life for someone else, I offer a personal service to do this, and would love to help you create this powerful resource for living mindfully.  

You also have the option to create a mini-memoir with me as a group activity in any of my seasonal retreats. The last retreat of the year that coincides with the holiday season takes place on the Winter solstice.  In that retreat, you receive either the template for creating a Celebration of Your Life or a Green Life Map.


You can learn more about my upcoming Winter retreat at https://www.karenpowerswan.com/seasonal-retreats.

Below is a pre-retreat exercise that you can do to prepare for that retreat.

Mindful Holiday Collection 


This collection of guided meditations and music provides the kind of soul nourishment that we all need, especially as we move through the holidays.

This includes three powerful guided meditations.

  1. Honoring Your Life Story

  2. Preparing for the Next Chapter of Your Life

  3. Gratitude for the Good

A guide to Mindful Holiday living is also included, with tips and exercises that you can use to create three mindfulness retreats for yourself during this sometimes stressful time of year.


This guide includes a Green Living checklist to remind you to remember your values and how you create green prosperity through your choices and generosity all year long.


If you would like to experience a live retreat with the Gratitude for the Good meditation and more consider joining my virtual Winter retreat on December 21, 2019.

About Karen Powers Wan

I help people and communities build restorative prosperity.  I am an award-winning writer and sustainable program director, and certified meditation instructor from the Open Heart Project. I also serve on the Sustainable Aurora Advisory Board of the second largest city in Illinois, and the board for the National Water Center in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. 

©2019 by Karen Powers Wan.