I used to think Mindful Parenting would be like living on a few acres of land with two children running barefoot in the grass. Realistically, chances are your children are immersed in after school activities, both parents in your home work to some capacity, and by bedtime, it feels like you’ve run a marathon. In 2018, what does it look like to be a Mindful Parent?
The three parts of Mindful Parenting that resonate with me are breath as my foundation, equanimity, and a open heart. Today’s blog post will focus on the first part - the breath.
If you have read any of my other blog posts, you know that I am a huge advocate of taking six deep breaths when you feel overwhelmed with your children. In fact, it is scientifically proven that deep breathing calms the body.
Just a few days ago, I had a power struggle with my daughter that made me feel frustrated and angry. I could feel myself wanting to yell, “STOP!” Instead of yelling, I sat in the hallway and took six deep breaths. When I opened my eyes, I felt like a new mom. I saw my daughter's sweet smile and gave her a big hug. In pausing to breathe, I changed my attitude, which changed our dynamic. That is the power of the breath!
Mindful Breathing is as simple as observing your inhalations and exhalations. As you breathe in and out, don’t try to control the breath or judge yourself. Simply breath in … and breathe out …
I start and end my day sitting on a cushion in my room to practice Mindful Breathing. This daily routine instills the power of breath in my mind, so when intense emotions surface, I use my breath as an immediate tool. Taking six deep breaths early each day, I find myself breathing while I drive, at the park with my children, or in the grocery store. When I feel strong emotions rising, it is my reset button. If your children are challenging like mine are, chances are this breathing tool will ease your frustration.
Try Mindful Breathing anywhere and anytime. You may be surprised how it helps you find your calm!
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