Beginning a meditation practice can seem overwhelming and daunting to a lot of Moms. We get it, it’s ONE MORE thing to add to our very long to-do list and as we’ve often heard, the benefits &rewards of it can seem small and not jazzy enough to be worth the effort.
Is being more mindful during your day or incorporating a 5 minute meditation practice going to completely change your life? Possibly (honestly, probably) but if at minimum you gain clarity, stillness, and presence to enjoy every moment you love and the balance to handle what life throws at you, that might be worth it for you!
What if you just give it one day?
One Day of Mindfulness.
Instead of signing up for a meditation class twice a week or committing to a lengthy practice, try one full day of practicing mindfulness.
- Just for today, try to stay aware of the many thoughts flowing through our minds. Recognize them and let them go. Stay with the present moment.
- Notice your emotions but try not to cling to them. Identify them, “I feel frustrated because ___.” Rephrase it and put it into perspective. “This moment is frustrating but I’m not having a hard day or a hard life.” Take a deep breath and let it go.
- Try to really notice the moments you’re in. Notice if you’re distracted by your phone, the dishes, the cleaning. Just let it wait and be fully in it today.
At the end of the day, before you go to bed. Take a moment to take 5 full deep breaths and sit in reflection. Ask yourself, “Did I like today? Did I have more fun today? Did I feel more present? How did my kids react to that presence? Do I actually find benefit in being more mindful?”
If the answer is yes, and I’m guessing it probably will be, use this as motivation to start that meditation practice! Start incorporating mindfulness into your daily routine and watch its effects trickle into all areas of your life.