Open Your Heart For the Holidays guest article by Marci Shimoff

I just had to share an article from Marci Shimoff’s ezine. Marci is my featured guest presenter on my upcoming Your Path to Success Winter Telesummit: A New Year: A New YOU Jan 10- Jan 21, 2011. Marci is also releasing her newest book: Love For No Reason in January 2011. Enjoy:

From Marci Shimoff:

The holiday season is considered the season of love. But the question is, Are you feeling it?

Though it’s the time when we gather with friends and family, put our attention on giving, and donate our time or money to those in need, it can also be a season of high stress.

Every year, I go into this season with mixed feelings. While I love the spirit of openness, love, and giving, I also feel the pressures of the season. Right now, in particular, I feel the sadness of missing my friends who passed away this year and certainly missing my parents.

So how can you and I experience the upcoming weeks with love? By consciously opening our hearts — an open heart is truly the way to experience the juiciness and joy of this season.

I’ve been so fortunate to have spent the past two years interviewing 150 Love Luminaries for my upcoming book, Love for No Reason. I’ve seen how they keep their hearts open in all circumstances and seasons. (You’ll hear much more about the exciting launch of the book in the next few weeks.) From these interviews and additional research, I’ve discovered some great tools for living with unconditional love, which I share in the book.

In the meantime, here are a few tips to help you keep your heart open during this holiday season:
1. Let Love In. Receiving from others is an act of love and connection that opens your heart — and benefits your body. Research shows that when you receive, your levels of serotonin, the neurotransmitter of well-being and happiness, rise just as much as when you give. When someone offers you a gift — whether in the form of a present, a compliment, or some assistance — graciously receive it. Smile and say thank you, while letting their loving intention sink deeply into your heart. Truly register and savor the feeling of appreciation.

2. Anchor Yourself in Safety. Feeling stressed, unsupported, or fearful essentially takes love off-line. It’s impossible to activate the physiology of unconditional love when you’re experiencing stress and your body is in fight or flight. To quickly switch out of stress mode, take a few deep breaths and consciously relax your pelvic floor, located at the base of your body. This kick-starts your parasympathetic system and sets the stage for what mind/body health expert Dr. Eva Selhub calls your body’s “love response.”

3. Plug into a Larger Heart. Love thrives when we feel at peace inside. During the hectic holiday time, recharge your spiritual batteries by investing even just a little time each day in silence, meditation, or prayer. Tapping into this inner wellspring of spirit connects you to the energy of unconditional love and boosts your capacity to experience Love for No Reason by a factor of infinity. (It also helps you stay centered when dealing with any challenging family members-if you happen to have any of those.)

May your holidays be filled with the gifts of an open heart and the true spirit of the season.

With love for no reason and every reason,

Marci Shimoff

P.S. I invite you to follow me on Twitter: @Marci_Shimoff.

Marci Shimoff is a celebrated transformational leader and #1 New York Times best-selling author. To learn more of her powerful techniques for establishing deep and authentic happiness and well-being, visit

I hope you enjoyed Marci’s article as much as I did…my question is…How do you open your heart for the holidays?


Sheri Kaye Hoff, MA, CGCL, Life Coach and Author,

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