Shhh! Mommy’s Meditating!

Ohmmmm… Going into 2018 I have a goal of self-improvement. I usually don’t set New Years Resolutions because I will probably forget them. Honestly, if I don’t write it down or have a reminder, I will forget.
I have been attracted to the word, Mindfulness for a while now. I notice it, and I try to be mindful of others at all times. I’m a mother and that sort of comes with the territory, however, I’m not just talking about the home realm, I’m talking about inside the home and outside the home.
Do you ever notice when you go shopping navigating through the parking lot becomes a game of dodge the cars, and watch your kids? Better yet, what about shopping and going down an aisle and someone is blocking the path and not even aware that you would like to pass them? What about the person who wants to shop right along with you, and not respecting your personal space? What about the cashier who is talking to her co-worker and complaining about their job or customers right in front of you? Then there is the customer who checks out while still on their phone… There are so many examples of day-to-day life where we as a society are not mindful. It comes out in our words and actions.
So what’s one to do about it? Well, I have a goal to be aware of my effect on others around me. I’m starting with mindful meditation and positive thinking. Studies show that mindful meditation and positive thinking can actually change our thinking patterns and our physical brain for the better. So while I can not change the world, I can change me.
I’ve made a dry erase sign that will hang on my door to let my little ones know I’m meditating and I will be back at the time I write on the sign. They have a habit of coming in and “using the bathroom” loudly, playing, or just start talking no matter what I’m doing. I could be sleep and they will come by my bedside and just start talking. Yep, my kiddos need to respect some boundaries with my mornings! I also plan to incorporate short mediations with them during our school day. I’m hoping this will be a positive change in my mindset which will bring in a new lifestyle of balance and positive thinking.
If you would like to know more about the benefits of meditation, read The 23 Amazing Health Benefits of Mindfulness for Body and Brain (+ PDFs) to get a quick list of what it does.

As I desire a world that is kind and mindful, I will start with me, myself and I.

 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.
Philippians 4:8


The vector art I modified to create my meditation sign can be found here:

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