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Zen Peacekeeper Guide to the Holidays

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The holidays are upon us.

Peace on earth. And goodwill to all. Right? Or maybe it feels more like stress at home and illwill towards family?

At the holidays – more than ever – you need practices to keep peace with yourself and others.

All we want for Christmas…      …is everything.

You want to enjoy your families over the holidays, but you end up feeling ‘not quite at home’ with the people who you are supposed to be closest to.

You want to lay the table beautifully, buy the fancy wine, give your children ethical, sustainable gifts, and do it all with your hair brushed and your lipstick on straight. But you end up giving into pleas for the new Barbie, don’t even know which is the fancy wine, and never seem to leave enough time to brush your hair before the guests arrive.

You want to feel generous, maybe even a little bit indulgent, but you end up feeling financially squeezed, maybe even a little bit scared.

This mix of high expectations, financial pressure and family tension puts even the easiest of our relationships under strain. We start wishing the holidays would just be over and done with. And they haven’t even begun yet.

There is another possibility. Take the peaceful path these holidays.

From 24 November to 24 December this year, I’ll be sending notes (and maps) from the peaceful path. Join me for some real peace on earth these holidays.

It has been such a different approach to the season this year mostly due to my strong sense of peace and enoughness. I’m comfortably peaceful. Thanks again for the journey, or for me, the gentle guidance to a more consistent life approach.”  ~Chenea

Peace on earth (and between your ears)

This year I am sharing the practices I use to keep inner and outer peace under pressure, the practices that keep me sane when things around me are going crazy.

In the past I’ve used them to find a sense of peace in the middle of a war zone. These days I use them to juggle running a restaurant, teaching, traveling, meeting writing and radio deadlines, doing live events and running a home.

Like you, at the holidays I want to keep all those things going while also hosting a range of social events, enjoying my family and friends, staying healthy and rested AND having a good time.

I can’t teach you to knit home-made presents. Or lay a beautiful table.

But I can teach you my own holiday practices – what I do, when I do it and how those practices bring peace for myself, and those around me (whether that’s the woman serving me at the supermarket or my family).

Thank you so much for these wonderful messages.  They’ve been a fantastic touchstone to my days during a time that can be so hectic and overwhelming.  I’m so glad that you offer this course!” – Amy

course-zen-holidaysWhat you really want for Christmas…

  • a sense of peace and calm in the midst of the madness.
  • practices to help you maintain awareness, rest, focus, and creativity.
  • special access to what keeps me “zen under fire” at the holidays.

And that’s what you’ll get when you join this Zen and the Art of Peacekeeping Holiday Edition.

What you get: my peace-offerings for you

You’ll get a peace-offering (in the form of an email) from me every day from 26 November to 24 December.

I’ll tell you the truth about the practices that support me to find peace in the midst of chaos (including what happens when I neglect them and how you can learn from my mistakes).

You’ll get videos, audios and written ‘recipes’ for these simple practices (for writing, eating, yoga, walking, sleeping and meditating) to help you keep the peace in all the places peace needs to be kept over the holiday season.

Marianne, thanks so much for your gentle and encouraging voice the past weeks. You have guided me back to a quieter path I was looking for. – Debbie Lamey-MacDonald

We’ll keep the peace these holidays.

We’ll start with ourselves. We’ll watch the peaceful ripples spread.

And together, we’ll make ‘Peace on Earth’ more than a greeting card line this year.

What people say about Zen Peacekeeper Guide to the Holidays:

“Absolutely wonderful, Marianne. Thank you so much. Warm, simple, strong, effective. You are awesome.” – Emma Alvarez Gibson

Thank you, Marianne. Christmas time comes hand-in-hand with stress for me. Making the decision to take this course put me on the path to peace. I’m sure I’m only at the beginning of benefits it will have for my life and for others in my life. It really did give me peace. I notice I have more patience and compassion for myself and acceptance that I’ve done enough.” – Lydia

The thirty day’s you’ve shared with us has been incredible!  I don’t remember when I’ve had such a lovely, low key, stress free holiday season.  Thank you sooooo much!  With love and gratitude.” – Amy   

“Thank you Marianne, for this gift. It was just what I needed to calm me in the midst of holiday preparations. The loving kindness meditation will be incorporated into my morning practice. You are a loving light in the world.” – Cheryl

I want to thank you for once again sustaining me through this holiday season.  As I sit in front of my very minimally decorated holiday tree I am grateful that you are in my life.” ~ Mary

Ready to make peace these holidays?

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How complicated will this be? Do I have to do yoga? Will it take a lot of time?

No. These are simple daily notes to inspire and guide you during the holiday season. The notes will include some very simple grounding and centering practices to help you keep the peace these holidays, but nothing complicated – and nothing you can’t do. Promise.

The holidays are a busy time, so the practices I include in these notes are designed to take up no more than 10 minutes of your day. And the best bit is that they’ll give you backthe time you might otherwise have spent worrying, arguing or freaking out. Nice huh?

Will there be a Facebook group?

No. The holidays are a time to make life simpler, and these notes are designed to help you connect in peaceful ways with the people already in your life.

What does it cost?

Thirty peace notes + practices for the peaceful path for $50.

I did this course last year. Will it be any different?

Yes, it will be different – although it is offered in very much the same spirit and some of the core practices will be the same (because the foundations of my peaceful path don’t change). But I do have a new theme for the course this year, based on some new lessons I’ve learned over the past 12 months about finding peace in the midst of chaos. And some wonderful new practices.

Can I give this course as a gift?

Yes! When you’ve made your payment you’ll be redirected to a page to enter your name and email address for the course. Simply put in the name and email address of your friend and they’ll get an email from me.

Who am I?

Marianne Elliott I’m Marianne. I believe it is possible to do good and be well. I’ve spent my life learning how to do both and these days what lights me up is teaching other people to do the same. My ‘do good’ credentials: I’m a human rights advocate and a writer. I served in the United Nations mission in Afghanistan with a focus on human rights and gender issues and worked as Policy Advisor for Oxfam. I’ve written a book about doing good and being well in Afghanistan (Zen Under Fire, coming in 2012 from Penguin NZ) and I write for the Huffington Post. My ‘be well’ credentials: I’m a yoga teacher (Yoga Alliance 200RT) and I created the 30 Days of Yoga courses to help you start (or restart) your own yoga practice. I’m also the Regional Leader for Off the Mat, Into the Worldin New Zealand and Australia.”

Brene Brown“I’ve been yoga-phobic my entire life. Marianne Elliott changed that (and my life in the process).Her 30 Days of Yoga is amazing. She’s one of the best teachers I’ve ever experienced (and I’ve been a teacher for many years).” – Dr. Brené Brown, author of I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t)

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