At present, how connected do you feel with yourself, your family and friends, your home and environment?
Mindfulness connects us to the present moment and helps us to observe the sensations we are experiencing right here and now: good or bad, painful or happy etc. We learn to be a 'watcher of our mind' and become more self aware, non judgemental and compassionate. As we watch our thoughts, emotions and feelings we find greater balance and respond better to situations rather than react. We catch ourselves listening, accepting, engaging and understanding.
And guess what, all the time you are 'being' this way, others around you will be noticing and learning from you. As a mindful parent you will feel greatly satisfied when you see your children modelling you. It will take time, conscious effort and consistency, it's not easy. The stronger bonds, improved communication and deeper respect for one another will be so worth it.
Things will sometimes go wrong and there maybe tears and tantrums but as you become more self reflective so will your family, you can always rewind and try it again. Learn and grow together, honour the teacher in each of you, and problem solve as a team. It's OK to fall apart sometimes the world isn't going to end, teach them how you pick yourself up, brush yourself down and move on.
Remember you are a mirror for your family and sometimes when they are acting out it could be their way of letting you know something isn't right and it could actually be you. Being more connected and mindful will help you to acknowledge this and take positive steps to deal with the big emotions in you and/or your child.
Importantly remember to laugh have fun and enjoy each other, that's where the connecting really begins.
Classes starting in January x