How Meditation Can Make You a Better Parent
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Raising children is not only hectic, but can also be quite a stressful undertaking. You might often find yourself feeling at a loss and wondering how to approach your job as a parent.
One way you can arm yourself against issues as they come up is with mindful meditation. The great thing about meditation is that it’s easy to learn and it’s something you can practice on your own at home or on the go — any time you need a moment to let your mind rest and think more clearly.
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How to Meditate
The practice of meditation is a very simple concept to understand, but it takes time to learn how to derive the greatest benefit from it. Mindful meditation is from a Buddhist tradition, and it’s about training yourself to be mindful and aware. It’s recognizing what it happening to you right that moment and not focusing on past and future.
To start meditating, first find a quiet place to sit. This could be your bed, your favorite comfy chair, or just a corner of the room you’re in. You can sit on a chair, a couch, the floor — whatever you find is comfortable. You want to be sitting upright with proper posture, but at the same time feel comfortable.
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The tough part
It’s now where the tough part comes in. You need to think about your environment and the moment you’re in. Think about your breathing, your posture, and the air around you. Your mind will want to start wandering and thinking about other things and you’ll need to steer it back to the present task. This is a practice that can take many years to really master, so don’t give up if you find it hard at first.
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The Benefits of Mindful Meditation
Anyone can benefit from using mindful meditation to get through the stresses and anxiety of everyday life, and parenting is certainly filled with such bumps. In that moment when your child is throwing a tantrum, has just managed to dump an entire package of baby powder on the hardwood floor, has let the dog in the house with muddy paws, or maybe written all over the freshly painted walls, this is the time you can really benefit. Sure, their actions need to be addressed, but reacting in anger and frustration isn’t usually the best course of action, nor will it gain the best response from your child.
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Take a quick second for mindful meditation
This is the opportunity to take a quick second for mindful meditation so you can calm your body and mind, focus on breathing in the moment, clearing your mind of all thoughts, and then when you feel that state of calmness, you will be able to approach the situation in a healthier manner. This gives you the opportunity to then discuss the situation with them and make it a learning opportunity rather than that moment you lose control. Once you learn the technique, you can use it anytime and anywhere. There’s a good chance you may find your child listening and responding better as well.