Tinsel and Tears: A Post-Breakup Handbook for the Holidays
The purpose of this handbook is to address the pain of being in the holiday season without the lover/spouse that you're not over yet: the one you wish were with you for the holidays, or the one you miss sorely even if you don't wish any such thing; or the one you're so mad at (the mere thought of whom launches bitter chemicals all through your system) that you can't be peaceful with yourself. Then there's the pain of being single (which we often weirdly translate to alone even when others are around) during a season when we think we should be coupled. We have some strange, pervasive, culturally supported beliefs: I should be in a couple right now; I'd be happier with a partner; I'm not whole when I don't have a lover; I'm missing out on something. We make this time of year more about love and family than any other time (kind of random, don't you think?), so that if you've lost someone, you're especially lost now. I invite you to come close to yourself, even if it hurts, and move toward clarity and truth and much greater kindness.
$8 Handbook is full of support and exercises guiding you to mind the pain body and tend the mind. Navigate your pain and the holidays kindly and gracefully. This, too, is part of your evolution. Step up.
Special thanks to artist Krissy Mahan for beautiful cover image.