Yesterday I led a mindfulness and healthy eating day retreat. By chance everyone on the day had small children so getting out for a day and enjoying the chance to relax and focus on well- being was a rare treat.
Everyone loved the mindfulness and they clearly felt inspired to get going with a regular practice. A common concern was how to fit in the meditation sessions when family life is so hectic.
I love to get up early and fit a meditation session in before my little one is awake. We all know that children love to surprise us though and Noah manages to get up before my alarm every now and then!
Getting frustrated when your meditation is interrupted is a natural reaction. When you take the time to think it through though it is perhaps the most ironic reaction. You are sitting to foster a calm and peaceful state of mind and so to become irate as a result just does not fit!
Treating distraction as a reminder to be mindful is definitely the answer. Easier said than done but with practise it is completely possible to get to this way of thinking. So next time your peace and quiet is broken by a child shouting for you, make it your challenge to remain mindful and caring with your loved ones.
If your child comes to find you in a calm state and seems interested in what you are doing then let them join in. I first discovered Noah could meditate when he woke early one morning and came and found me meditating. Rather than creating a fuss he came and snuggled in with me and sat still until the 20 minutes was over.
Now Noah and I often set the timer on the iPad for 3 minutes and sit still and focus on our breathing. It creates a lovely close time together Try it, you will be amazed at what your children can do. Simply getting them to notice the rise and fall of their bodies as they breathe is a good starting place.
Once you all get a taste for meditation it really could have an amazing impact on family life.
Little and often is much better than a long session.
Everything can be done mindfully, all you need to do is be present in the moment thinking about what you are doing then and there.
Compassion is at the heart of mindfulness, focus on serving those who you love and even the most mundane of tasks can be come a loving meditation!
Come on a Revitalise Day to see how mindfulness really can fit into your busy life.