Thank you for joining me in some collaborative parenting discussion.
There is a basis for being, a thread of energy that weaves all of life together, an undercurrent that runs through, around, and within us, our children, life itself.
In all of our seeking, it is this basis we seek to discover – and live from. The deepest truth about ourselves, our potential, and what that means in the right here and now as parents, mothers, fathers, grandparents, teachers, caregivers – humans.
I have found that while writing about my experience can be helpful for myself and others, in this post I am going to do it differently. I am going to share the actual experience of becoming present in the moment through two audio recordings.
Not because it’s “better” to “be present” or because “being present” is fulfilling some ideal I have about spirituality, consciousness, mindfulness, or something else. I am sharing in this way because that’s what we’re here for in this life – to experience. The only way I can enhance this is to meet with you at a distance or in person, which I am completely open to doing at some point if you’d like.
Through present moment awareness, we get to experience ourselves, our children, our lives – fully. Instead of closing in frustration or anger or sadness when it gets rough we open, accept, soften, choose, and intentionally respond. What can get any better than that?
So… enjoy a few moments of awareness through inner body meditation.
If you notice a resistance to “doing” the meditation, consider just listening. The experience will still be valuable, and maybe more so than if you go into it with specific intentions or expectations – of yourself or the recording.
Inner Body Meditation – about 6 minutes
Then listen to a discussion about meditation as a pointer, instead of a practice.
Meditation as a Pointer – about 7 minutes
A few thoughts on mindful parenting
When I read or hear the word mindful I often think of parents who are trying and working to be something that they are not – in that moment. Now, I realize this is just my experience of the word, but if you find yourself more often trying and working than sinking into the moment – possibly there is something here for you to consider.
Present moment awareness allows us the opportunity to blossom into full body and being awareness instead of being caught up in what we think or how we feel about how we ought to be living our lives. We acknowledge the mind created thoughts, sensations of the body, and experience – rather than judge – who we are in the moment, what we are feeling, what we are learning, along with the ability to choose and direct our next actions.
It’s really that simple. Doesn’t always feel like it, but it is. And it starts right here, right now – through recognizing peace as the basis of our being.
Visit the Mindful Mama Blog Carnival Page to learn more about participating in the carnival.
Feel free to enjoy the submissions by the other participants:
- Define: Mindful Alicia C. at McCrenshaw describes the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings for Engaged Buddhism and attempts to describe how she can apply them to her non-Buddhist life on her new journey toward mindfulness.
- This is what mindfulness looks like in my life Charise at I Thought I Knew Mama describes what mindfulness looks like in her life in the form of poetry.
- How Meditation Makes Me a More Mindful Mother Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama shares her methods for sneaking meditation into each and every day in an effort to dig deep and be the most mindful mother possible.
- A Simple Practice Kat at My Mental Oddities outlines a simple practice with children
- Our Family Mission Statement Patti at Jazzy Mama writes about how living mindfully means living intentionally. She created her Family Mission Statement to help her family stay focused on their goals and values.
- I REALLY Miss Being Mindful! Tracie at Purposeful Practices shares what it’s like to find and then lose your mindfulness practice.
- My Job Made Me a Mindful Mother Amy at Anktangle tells a story about how a mindfulness practice she used to utilize in her job as a nurse still impacts the way she mothers her son today.
- Now Amanda at Let’s Take the Metro shows how mindfulness is all about living in the moment.
- Stepping into the Unknown To Rachael at The Variegated Life, mindfulness is a way of stepping into the unknown.
- Derailed Kelly of Becoming Crunchy explores what mindfulness looks like in her new, somewhat more hectic life.
- Mindful Mama: The Places That Scare Me Zoie at TouchstoneZ learns to stop struggling by being present with uncomfortable realizations.
Are you are struggling as a parent? If so, I’d like to share something invaluable with you: hope. If you would like to change how you respond when parenting feels intense, I invite you to consider this challenge.