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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The Daily Sip:
Riding In The Elevator
common experience is riding in an elevator. Today's sip and
verse explores how the elevator ride can serve as a powerful
mindful parenting cue.
I start at the beginning
And I arrive
In the hear and now
No matter which floor you may be visiting, you
begin on the bottom floor. So it is with life, and with your
child's life. When you step onto an elevator, open awareness
to the beginning of your child's life. Imagine your child in
utero, or as a newborn or infant.
As the elevator begins
to lift, sense your child's growth and development. As you pass
floors, and see or hear the floor number, open awareness to your child
passing though those ages -- whether they be ages passed or ages yet
When you arrive at your destination, and the elevator
comes to rest, sense your feet touching the floor of a box in
a building whose foundation touches the Earth. Sense yourself
connected to the Earth and imagine your child as he or she is today.
deeply as you walk out of the elevator and smile in awareness
that your child is with you.
Thursday January 27, 2005