4 years ago I reclaimed Christmas as my own. No longer would I look to another to create my holiday joy. I decided to be in charge of my joy from then on. This year attending my yearly yoga retreat I noticed the cumulative effects of visiting such a place. I found less of a difference between the outside world and the inside retreat world. My diet is similar, my mental state overall zen, and I still enjoy a quick jaunt to the mall. Back in the city I was able to stay really focused on the task at hand-holiday cookie baking and last minute gifts. I found myself enjoying the tasks because I didn’t feel scattered or overwhelmed. Now to keep this zen zone forever…..