Mindful Parenting is a contemplative practice through which we become more mindful of our children and, in doing so, experience a more joyful life.
Your mindful parenting practice tip of
the day. Be sure to sip slowly
Experiencing the Joy of Connecting With Our Children
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and, in turn, our connection to the cosmos. This makes us a
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The Daily Sip:
Silence With Your Child
When we observe our child sleeping, feelings
of warmth and joy fill our hearts. Moments later, we tell
ourselves what a wonderful feeling we felt. Oops! The
feeling is gone. We are now in the world of thoughts, where
joy is a noun. But that is a conscious act. We need not
scurry away from such precious moments so quickly.
Sometime today, welcome
silence into time you spend with your child, even if for only a few
seconds. Without announcing your intention, catch yourself
before you start making some point, or while in the middle of a statement
and ease into silence. Let your thinking mind taper.
Breathe deeply and slowly. And smile. There is joy penetrating that
moment. Rejoice in the silence as you look deeply into your
Today's Morning Cup was originally published on
April 28, 2004.
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Wednesday January 19, 2005
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