Welcome to the Peaceful Parenting Challenge Blog Carnival: Week #3 – Practicing Mindfulness
This post was written for inclusion in the 10 Week Peaceful Parenting Challenge Blog Carnival hosted by Prenatal to Parenting. This week our participants have written about Practicing Mindfulness. We hope you enjoy this week’s posts and consider joining us next week when we share about a week of Slowing Down.
When I think of the word “Mindfulness”, I often get a picture of the Buddha sitting under a tree or on a lotus petal, monks meditating in silence, or myself being in a garden, park, or mountaintop in the midst of nature reflecting on life. However, in the midst of living in a busy city, we often forget to be truly mindful in our everyday lives as our minds are often racing about what we need to do later in the day or for the weekend. I certainly am guilty of not being mindful enough.
As city dwellers, our identities start being formed around what we do instead of who we are. It’s about tasks to complete, projects to finish, things to do, instead of working on our inner character. As parents, we have added responsibility as our children will imitate how we act. They will do as we do instead of as we say. The exercise this week has taught me the important lesson of practicing mindfulness with my wife and daughter.
A few weeks ago, I went on a date night with my wife to The Dark Table restaurant in Kitsilano. You eat the entire meal in the dark without any cell phones or light-emitting devices. My wife keeps saying it’s her new favourite restaurant since she had me all to myself without me checking my phone once the entire dinner – that’s what I call practicing mindfulness.
So, the goal for me now is to continue to practice this skill of mindfulness – I think it’s a habit that becomes a part of you the more you do it. I am guilty of being on my laptop, tablet, or smart phone when my daughter is playing – even as I finish this post, my daughter is trying to play with me. She wants quality time with daddy. It’s funny because she has taught me more about being mindful than I have taught her! So, thanks to Dark Table, to the Peaceful Parenting Challenge, and to my wife and daughter for teaching me the importance of mindfulness!
Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:
Being Mindful – Peaceful Parenting Challenge – Week 3 – Katrina from Kalem Photography finds her way back to a good old habit.
Week #3- Practicing Mindfulness – Jennifer from The Children’s Directory discovers how sometimes we get so caught up in all the garbage that life dumps on us that we forget the little things that makes it all worth it.
Being in the Now – Week #3 of the Peaceful Parenting Challenge, Mindfulness – Michelle from My Peaceful Parenting finds true happiness in the moment.