Mindful Meditation for Moms
Are there people you know who seem to have it all together? Have you asked them what do they do to stay calm, cool and collected? A surprising
number of people have told me they practice meditation or mindfulness. I’m going to go over mindful meditation in
this article to help you decide if it is something you want to include in your life. If you are a busy mom, this
practice can help you in many ways.
Why should I Start a
Mindful Meditation Practice?
It is common knowledge that meditation has been a part of ancient civilizations for centuries and it still has a place in our modern day society. Some of the extraordinary benefits of mindful meditation include the following: better sleep, improve attention span, and manage pain. To read more about it check out these books: and Mindfulness for Newbies and Practical Meditation for Beginners.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is “the
quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.” (Wikipedia, 2019) The national best seller
“Wherever You Go, there you are by Jon Kabat-Zinn originally published in 1994
made mindfulness something to ponder and investigate. Benefits of mindfulness can spread from an
individual to others who are in contact with that individual.
What is Meditation?
Meditation is a practice
where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing their
mind on a particular object, thought or activity – to train attention and awareness,
and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state. (Wikipedia,
Have you ever drove somewhere and didn’t realize that you were there until you arrived? This is a meditative state. With a little practice, you can get to a meditative state almost instantly.
My French teacher first introduced me to meditation in high school. One rainy day, Madame had our class
listening to a guided imagery tape (yes, we listened to cassette tapes back then). The guide took us through the woods and we imagined that we were out in
the woods, eyes closed and peaceful. Next, the guide asked us to imagine we
were sitting in the beautiful lush forest with the sound of lightly falling
rain. She had us tense and relax different muscles in our bodies until we were
so relaxed that we felt like we would doze off into a restful slumber. Next, we concentrated on our breathing. When the exercise was completed, the guide
slowly brought us out of the meditative state and back to being fully present
in the world. This introduction to
meditation as a fourteen year old was truly a gift. Up until that point in my life I never
experienced or even heard of meditation.
Great teachers are fondly remembered for shaping and guiding students to
being the best they can be.
It’s important to have a
designated place for meditation. Making
it a habit is key to experience lasting benefits. There are several places you may consider
such as your bed, before you go to sleep or upon waking. You may also choose a designated chair or
carpet in your home. Whatever you chose,
make it your consistent space for meditation.
There are dozens of photos strewn everywhere with different mediation poses and hand postures. Quite prevalent is the pose I call the “Zen Pose”, you know, the one with the index finger and thumb together. According to malaprayer.com there are three top hand positions used during meditation. My “Zen Pose” hand posture is called the Chin Mudra which is most commonly associated with “Om” states Chantal M at malaprayer.com.
What Do I Do?
Find a comfortable, quiet place and sit or lie down. Remove all distractions. Close your
eyes. Make sure you are
comfortable. Concentrate on your
breathing. Don’t let anything distract
you. Starting as simply as this can get
you going. Focus on your breathing, keep
your muscles relaxed. You can set a timer and start with a couple of minutes
just concentrating on your breathing.
You can also count in your head and when a distracting thought appears,
push it away and start counting over again.
A few years ago, my manager brought “One Moment Meditation” to our attention. So many of us work in busy environments. It is helpful to center before proceeding in our hectic day. One Moment Meditation can be found HERE. This short video will show you how to get to a meditaive state in just a quick moment.
The great thing about Mindful Meditation is that there is nothing you really
need except time. Your time investment
can be minimal to reap wonderful benefits for you and your family. Get started today while you have a few
minutes. Before you know it, you will be
more relaxed, inspired, optimistic and happy.
Download this free Avid Bliss chart to track your meditation progress HERE!