Mindful Parenting is a contemplative practice through which we become more mindful of our children and, in doing so, experience a more joyful life.
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Wednesday January 12, 2005
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The Daily Sip:
Awareness To Old Routines
Our habits and routines direct our
actions and attitudes in ways of which we may have little insight.
One such habit relates to what we do when we return to our home.
Whether we have been out running errands or at the office, the
moment we walk in the front door is not necessarily a mindful
It is not so important that you immediately drop everything
to be with your child (though that can be a source of great joy).
What is important is that you are mindful of your child's presence when
you walk in the door. With this awareness you may alter your
habitual routine, which in turn, opens you to greater happiness.
as you are approaching your front door, open awareness to the loving
child that awaits you inside. Simply bring your thoughts
to what your child might be doing inside. Breathe deeply and
stand still for a moment. Can you sense where your habit energy
is taking you?
Is it to the computer to check e-mails?
To the answering machine to listen to messages? To the refrigerator
or cupboard to grab something to eat? Of course, it is
fine to do all of these things. But do so with awareness of
whether it needs to be done right away and, most importantly, with
awareness of your child in the moment.
Even if you redirect your
habit onto only the slightest of detours, it will open to a surprisingly
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