I wasn’t always the mother I wanted to be.
Things have changed, but sometimes, like everyone, I get into a funk and I struggle to shake it.
I feel drained by the endless demands of life, and I feel irritated by every little thing my kids say or do.
And that’s if they’re cooperating.
Let’s not even talk about what happens when they start acting up!
It used to take me a really long time to settle the hurricane that was raging inside of me, and when I finally did manage to pull myself together, I always discovered a path of destruction behind me.
That was until I started doing this short mindfulness practice.
It helps me get out of my funk and reconnect to what’s important to me.
So when I find myself surrendered on the couch in complete desperation, this is my go to exercise.
It’s a short and simple exercise but for some it might not be easy, so stick with it and you’ll see what I mean:
When the opportunity arises take that moment and just look at your child.
Imagine for a moment that this is the first time that you’ve laid eyes on this beautiful creature and take a moment to notice them.
Resist the temptation to say or do anything. Just observe.
Observe their movements, facial expressions and the details of their appearance.
Notice how in this very moment your child is a completely separate being from you; one that you have created- a living, breathing miracle of nature who is learning from you and the world around them every minute of everyday.
Notice the thoughts and feelings that come up for you, but don’t think about them. Just notice them, and bring your attention back to your child.
Take a breath.