“If only I had more time…”
“My schedule is packed…”
“My plate is just too full…”
These are some of the things I hear often when people answer the question:
“Have you practiced mindfulness with your kids today?”
Whether you’re a parent or a teacher… I get you…
Time is a hot commodity that we are always running out of.
Your hands really are full – You’re busy wearing ALL the hats, and doing ALL the things.
BUT, I want to share a secret with you…
You DO Have Time for Mindfulness!
When we hear the word mindfulness, we assume we need to carve out a large chunk of time in our days to focus on a single mindfulness practice – like meditation.
This is not the case!
Mindfulness can be weaved in throughout our days, ALL day!
Mindfulness Isn’t Just a Practice…. It’s a State of Being!
We can practice mindfulness when:
- We are eating our food mindfully
- We are actively listening and engaged in a thoughtful conversation
- We are going for a walk and paying attention to our surroundings
The point of mindfulness is to focus our attention on ONE thing – to minimize distractions.
You Don’t Need To “Schedule” Time for Mindfulness.
While you sure can, it is not a necessity! It’s not even a requirement!
It might be helpful at first to write down reminders or come up with a written plan of how YOU want to add mindfulness to your kids (and your) lives.
(Because lets be real here for a moment, if you’re expecting your kids to be more mindful, then you sure as hell be too! Role modelling for the WIN!)
You don’t need to add anything or change your schedule around.
You just have to change HOW you view the things that you currently do.
Open Your Eyes to The Possibility of Mindful Moments.
All you need is a minute.
Can you pause more throughout your day to get a quick deep belly breath in with your kids?
Can you use all 5 of your senses to enjoy your meal with your family at the dinner table instead of scarfing it down mindlessly in front of the TV?
Can you put away your phone when talking to your children? Be fully present for them?
YES, YOU CAN!
Mindfulness is a Necessity.
The world is busy and so full of distractions. Anxiety and depression are on the rise – they were well before COVID hit our world. Now, they are increasing at an alarming rate.
Kids (and adults too) are struggling more than ever to cope with stress and manage their ever-changing emotions.
Mindfulness is The Answer.
Living more mindful lives is what will save us.
With mindfulness, our kids will live long and healthy lives. They will more effectively manage their emotions and cope with the uncertainty in the world.
Because we know, uncertainty isn’t going away anytime soon.
We can’t control everything going on around us.
BUT, we can control our response…
We can control our internal states.
I Love the World and It’s Future Generations.
(And I know you do too.)
I envision a peaceful, mindful world – with less people worrying over uncontrollable’s, more people coping and understanding the value of their emotions.
I envision our kids leading their kids. Helping them to live mindfully, and lead healthy, full lives.
Do you see it too?