ma·ma·cit·ta (mah-muh-chit-tah) n. 1. an awakening of the heart-mind through the process of parenting 2. a force of love that transforms your Life into an offering, a dedication, to your child 3. derived from "bodhicitta"; the boundless wish to benefit all beings through compassion and love.
What if parenting mindfully was a process of stepping into our highest nature, utilizing the struggle to grow into our fullest potential?
Imagine you sit down to meditate. You begin to focus on the breath, continuing to return to the inhale and exhale as your thoughts wander, until the chatter of your mind quiets and you have the chance to slip into a state of focused awareness. Now imagine the possibility of aligning with present awareness through the act of parenting. The meditation is your life, it is off the cushion and out in the world, and the object of focus shifts from the breath to mamacitta, which is a force of love that propels your desire to act in all ways for the benefit of your children.
We meander in life and stumble along the way in our thoughts, speech, and actions. Just as we continually return to the breath in meditation, we have the choice in life to continually return to this intention of mamacitta, which is a seed of love and an objective to be present with what is. This intention holds the potential to foster focus, contentment, self-transformation, and the expansion of our awareness and our capacity to love, not to mention happy, authentic, and vibrant kids. Parenting as meditation, mamacitta as breath. Can you dig it?
TAP INTO MAMACITTA
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LITTLE WISE ONE
Teachings from a toddler who constantly opens my eyes.
MAMACITTA IS alive and an ever expanding personal experience of the incredible love born within us through the act of caring for a child. It is a spark of creativity, passion, and joy that enlivens our being and propels everything we do in life. Our life becomes an offering, not a sacrifice, but a dedication. Everything we do has the potential to be motivated by the presence of and commitment to someone who depends on our guidance and unwavering love. And so we are continually inspired to Grow Up, Wake Up, seek, and live our dreams so that we may be the fullest expression of ourselves for their sake. In their honor.