Welcome to the Peaceful Parenting Challenge Blog Carnival: Week #3- Practicing Mindfulness
This post was written for inclusion in the 10 Week Peaceful Parenting Challenge Blog Carnival hosted by Prenatal to Parenting. This week our participants have written about Practicing Mindfulness. We hope you enjoy this week’s posts and consider joining us next week when we share about a week of Slowing Down.
This has been quite the challenge for me this week. My mind is so full. You see I’m preparing to go to Ontario for 3 weeks with my kids; we leave next week. I’ll be running a few parent education workshops while I’m there so I needed to nail down some last minute details and prepare for them, making sure I pack everything I need. Not to mention I’ll be away from my office for three weeks and need to ensure some things are completed before I leave and my backup has everything she needs. Plus I attended a birth as a doula, had my regularly scheduled Hypnobabies class to teach and encapsulated four placentas this week. Oh did I mention I haven’t had childcare this week. Whew.
My mind is full! Full of to-do lists that run pages long. It’s so full I’m spinning. My husband gently reminds me that I need to manage my time better and my kids not so gently remind me that they need my full attention. I feel like I don’t have a second to breathe little alone figure out how to manage my time or stop to play in the backyard. My morning yoga and meditation practice has been pushed aside for an extra 30 minutes of sleep which doesn’t seem to be enough. And to top it all off I ran out of coffee yesterday; now I have to fit grocery shopping in somewhere. Oh the self-pity is swelling.
What I did do well this week was take time to practice my deep breathing. Every day before I got out of bed I spent some time just breathing and every night before I went to sleep I did the same. I was also very mindful of my triggers and didn’t allow myself to become short with my kids when I was trying to juggle work while being mom.
Parker and I did find some time to sit in our backyard, close our eyes and name all the sounds we heard. We heard a train, kids playing, bugs buzzing, tall grass rustling in the wind and many other sounds. It was fun to see what sounds Parker could pick out and chat about why we don’t always hear them.
One thing I realized this week is that mindfulness isn’t something I need to make time for. It doesn’t take time or much effort to be mindful . All I have to do is concentrate on what I’m doing in that moment; if I’m walking I concentrate on the walk, when I’m eating I can focus my attention on the taste, when I’m playing with my kids I can focus on what they are showing me or the sound of their laughter. I don’t have to build time into my crazy busy days to be mindful; I can be mindful during the chaos that is my life. The brilliant thing about it is that I found more joy in the midst of the chaos by being mindful. Even when I was only being mindful of my triggers or stressed out body it somehow allowed me to let those feelings go instead of allowing them to invade my thoughts and behaviour for the rest of the day.
Overall my week looked different then it would have looked pre-challenge. I have a lot going on but I’m not feeling super overwhelmed and frustrated with the kids. I’ve found little bits of time to practice deep breathing and for connecting with my kids. I’ve been mindful of my triggers and overall the emotional climate of my home hasn’t felt frenzied or stressed.
I’m looking forward to next week’s challenge of slowing down which just happens to fall on my first week of vacation.
What about you? How did your week of practicing mindfulness go?
Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:
Being Mindful – Peaceful Parenting Challenge – Week 3 – Katrina from Kalem Photography finds her way back to a good old habit.
Week #3- Practicing Mindfulness – Jennifer from The Children’s Directory discovers how sometimes we get so caught up in all the garbage that life dumps on us that we forget
the little things that makes it all worth it.
Being in the Now – Week #3 of the Peaceful Parenting Challenge, Mindfulness – Michelle from My Peaceful Parenting finds true happiness in the moment.