“Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment. ” – Jon Kabat-Zinn.
It’s a brand new year and the festive stress and excitement are behind us. As we head home and get ready for work and the new school year, we all have the opportunity to start afresh. No matter if things did not go as planned last year, and if family meals were a bit rushed and not as healthy as they should be, or if stress and irritability took their toll, now is the time to put all that behind us and resolve to do things differently. We can make a promise to ourselves to be more patient, present, and imaginative parents. What could be more important? And in order to achieve this, we can practice mindfulness with ourselves and our children.
Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them as either good or bad, and without immediately acting on them. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment, and trying through exercises such as meditation and breathing, to keep yourself in the present.
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