This morning Noah and I sat having our ‘super porridge’ together. Rather than being a simple blend of oats and water it’s a really delicious mix of amaranth, quinoa, chia, millet and tapioca. Ask Noah and he could tell you exactly how to make it.
Noah is questioning everything at the moment. Why I do things, how I do things and why can’t he do it!? His mind is just like a sponge, soaking up every piece of information that he can.
Keen to read he is trying to work out all of the words on every container that he comes across – breakfast ingredients included! So breakfast turned into more of a quiz than a peaceful sit down.
It is really lovely that he is so keen to learn but the constant questions can be a bit challenging. It is one of those parenting situations that you have to think about how to deal with.
If I tried to resist answering all of the questions then it wouldn’t be good for either of us, it could put him off learning and make him frustrated. It wouldn’t do my mind any good either, I’d probably end up feeling a bit grumpy and quite guilty.
I have decided that the best approach is to throw myself into it and to be as inquisitive as he is!
Asking lots of questions and being interested in why things are so is a great way to be mindful. When you try to come up with answers for why the Hemp Milk isn’t actually called Milk on the label, and, how exactly the container for the apple juice was made, and why chia seeds get bigger in water, it certainly takes your attention away from your other worries!
So try and take on a bit of child like inquisitiveness during your breakfast. You will be amazed at the focus it demands and the calm feeling that replaces the things that you usually worry about in the morning!
Come on a Revitalise Session to get other great tips for turning challenging situations into mindfulness exercises. Taking a different view of situations can make life so much lighter.