Dear Lucy & Ruby: Why try to meditate?
🧘♀️You will likely hear a lot about meditation and mindfulness.
Not just because I am a huge advocate, but because meditation and mindfulness have become more mainstream.
There are a myriad of benefits well established via trustworthy research.
Because of the long list of benefits, it might seem like common sense to integrate a meditation routine into your lifestyle; however, common sense is not always common practice.
I find that a lot of folks don’t prioritize meditation/mindfulness in the same way they might prioritize sleep, eating healthfully, or exercising.
I’m excited for you to practice meditation and mindfulness and experience the benefits for yourselves, but I will share here three of my top reasons to prioritize meditation/mindfulness.
Self-Awareness: As you’ve heard me say a thousand times by this point, self-awareness is one of the most powerful tools you can offer yourselves. Knowing yourself empowers you to live out your priorities with confidence and conviction - this is like super power stuff! Meditation and mindfulness offer you the opportunity to view your thoughts, emotions, and feelings from a place of non-judgement and acceptance. You really get to know yourself and your tendencies. Awareness is the first step in being able to take action.
Friendly Mind: Your mind becomes a more friendly place to be. If you’re like me (and the odds are likely), your mind will be busy, your desire to achieve will be high, and you will have a disposition to be self-critical. I remember vividly the moment in my meditation and mindfulness practice when I noticed that my mind had become a much friendlier place to be - less self-critical, more self-compassionate, less demanding, more accepting. I like living in the friendlier mind better.
More Space: Meditation and mindfulness just create more space for thought, for acceptance, for creativity, for gratitude, for appreciation, and for clarity. Your lens changes…it’s gradual, but over time, you just feel like there is more space in your mind and your life.
I think both of you benefit from my mindfulness practice in that I am likely a more patient and empathetic parent as a result. I still have many parenting fails in these realms, but am better than I would have been otherwise.
Please, don’t take my word for it, give it a go for yourselves. I am here to support you in the process should you like my help.