So throughout my crazy day today I realized that I had completely forgotten to breathe. I mean really breathe, ya’ know?? It’s so easy to just get into the “go, go, go” and being present becomes a “nice phrase” but completely forgotten… Ironic since taking some time to breathe, (like the deep kind where you close your eyes, breathe in and out, and you feel your shoulders ease…. Relate? Rushing around making sure to accomplish all the things on your daily/weekly “to do” list? I’m sure most are relating and shaking their heads in acknowledgment to this all to familiar behavior! But… I’m here to remind you, while you may think that’s the way to accomplish all you need to and be there for you kids, that routine is taking away from your family time, not adding to it… I thought I’d share some ideas.
1. Take a moment every day, and before you even get out of your warm, cozy bed – take some deep breaths and immediately begin to remind yourself of what you’re thankful for, right now, in that moment. Don’t think for a minute what is missing, what is wrong or what you think youdon’t have – ONLY what you’re in gratitude for, no matter how big or small and sit with it. Don’t recite it, butsee and feel what brings a smile to your face. Once you feel that, you can sit up and take that feeling with you as you begin your day. It will change EVERYTHING and no matter how your day may go or what you cross off your proverbial never-ending list, you’ll feel better and therefore, the time you spend w/ your family will be as well, and everyone will notice! Especially YOU!
2. Share this new way of being as you start your day with your partner and children, and you will single-handedly shift the overall attitudes of your family and the joy in your home.
3. Listen and when you listen, really Hear. No matter how much effort we place on the basic notion of being in gratitude, we also must work toward mastering our ability to truly listen and hear. Especially when it comes to our children. Regardless of their special and unique qualities, strengths and/or challenges – we as parents are always convinced they know better -period. But, the fact is that sometimes, our kids know themselves even more than we realize. If we can train ourselves to stop – then look, and then choose in, we can also allow those moments to educate us and help our kids to help us – in turn, we’ll support their needs even more!
Have a week full of gratitude, joy and inspiration my friends!
Your favorite Sensory Design Specialist!
Posted on June 14, 2011 at 8:51 pm by Lauren, your Sensory Design Specialist