Welcome to the Peaceful Parenting Challenge Blog Carnival: Week #2- Mindful Breathing.
This post was written for inclusion in the 10 Week Peaceful Parenting Challenge Blog Carnival hosted by Prenatal to Parenting. This week our participants have written about creating awareness. We hope you enjoy this week’s posts and consider joining us next week when we share about a week of Practicing Mindfulness.
Breathe. That’s simple enough right? Hmmm… not as easy as I’d thought it would be!
This week’s challenge for the Peaceful Parenting 10 week challenge was to practice Mindful Breathing. To simply sit still for 3 minutes 2 to 3 times a day and focus entirely on my breath. To clear your mind of all thoughts. To just breathe.
I’ll be the first to admit that I have difficulty sitting still without having a constant list running through my head of the “things” that need to be done. This is definitely a by-product of my incessant need to be “busy”. I know that a big part of my need to be doing/creating/living my life, is due to the fact that I lost a dear friend when I was 18. She was killed in a car accident and at that time, I vowed to myself, that because she could no longer live her life, that I wouldn’t let mine be wasted. 19 years later, I’m starting to recognize the “foolishness” of this vow. I fill my life with so much, that I don’t have time to really truly enjoy the little moments. I’m constantly feeling pressure to accomplish something and I think a lot of the little moments of every day joy escape me.
Now back to the breathing. The first couple of days, I felt anxious sitting still. I had trouble blocking out the to do list. As the week wore on, I started to recognize that when I took the 3 minutes in the morning before I got up and started my day, that I was more present. I worked better and I managed to accomplish more. I enjoyed playing with my kids more. I also found that when I did my breathing before bed, that I slept better. I woke up in a better frame of mind and generally felt less stressed.
The moments where my kids were being challenging, I found that taking even a minute to just breathe, made the situation so much better and that I wasn’t holding in my frustration as much. I was simply letting it go with my breath. Less holding stress in = a more peaceful mommy!
So how did you do with the challenge this week? I’d love to hear your feedback. Also, be sure to check out how the posts by the other participants in the blog carnival. Have a fantastic weekend!
Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:
Teaching My Spirited Son About Deep Breathing – Sarah from Prenatal to Parenting shares some ways to teach kids about deep breathing.
Just Breathe – Peaceful Parenting Challenge – Week 2 – Katrina from Kalem Photography goes up against her incessant need to be busy.
Epic Fail — Peaceful Parenting Week 2 Challenge 2: Breathe – Kathryn from Curiosity and the Kat wasn’t drawn to deep breathing.