I want to let you know why I think mindfulness is so darn fabulous – especially from the point of view of being a parent.
Here are three ways that mindfulness can give you more
- Learning that nothing is permanent frees up the mind so that you have more time to connect
- When we don’t flip our lids the relationship with our children becomes more meaningful
- Seeing with beginners mind allows your connection with your child to flourish
You learn that nothing is permanent, this frees up the mind so that you have more time to connect
Both you and your child are wonderful humans with a multitude of thoughts, emotions and experiences going on at any one time.
When we learn with Mindfulness that our thoughts, emotions and experiences are not facts we become less fixed and ridged which opens up a space to listen and connect more authentically.
When we don’t flip our lids the relationship with our children becomes more meaningful
What’s happening scientifically in the brain when we reflect and look inwards is that we are strengthening and fusing the integrative fibres of the parts of the brain that touch:
- The Reptilian Brain
- The limbic part
- The prefrontal cortex
When we strengthen these we bring about in ourselves more resilience, we literally don’t flip our lids as much then things get heated – which they can do easily if you’re a parent. Who hasn’t had their limits tested and then shouted and regretted it?
Seeing with beginners mind allows the connection with your child to flourish
When we learn to slow down through reflecting and meditating we can start adopting the different attributes of Mindfulness.
One of these is the Beginners Mind.
I love to marvel at things I may have seen well over 100 times as if I am seeing it new and like never before.
The times I feel an appreciation for something in this way, my heart noticeably lifts, waves of excitement and wonder flood my senses and I connect and bond with my child fully
I am also affirming this wonder back to her when I pay full attention and this allows her curiosity of the world to deepen and our bond to flourish. Yea! Winning!
There are so many more reasons why Mindfulness is good for strengthening the relationship with you and your children and it genuinely brings me to tears at times to work with parents and children so that they experience more freedom, more resilience, more joy and a lot less lid flipping.