What is Mindful Parenting?

What is Mindful Parenting?

When I was a newborn mother everything occurring in my life was a glaring example of how motherhood could be a spiritual practice. The focus, devotion, endurance, love, sleep deprivation, learning curve, uncertainty, intuition, and rapid development for both baby and mama all seemed to ignite this divine unfolding of my inner strength, wisdom and authenticity. Something radical was clearly going on, I was thrilled about it and so I made this site to muse on these happenings and to share the possibility that parenting and spiritual practice could be married with harmonious results...

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At the Threshold

At the Threshold

As I sit here in the freshness of the New Year I also find myself at an uncomfortable threshold in my effort as a mother. Rowen is 19 months old now and we are accelerating through this transition from "baby" to "big kid" at an alarming rate.

According to Erik Erikson's theory of human development, around 18 months is an important time of transition in the maturation of a child. It's the point where the child begins to explore their independence and autonomy...

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Forgiveness

Forgiveness

Recently, Matthew and I had been struggling with our relationship.  After two weeks of vacation and uniteruppetd family time we arrived home to the reality of our life, which is a tag team effort and a division of roles, he working while I tackle the domestic affairs.  We intentionally chose this traditional family style before Rowen was even born.  We felt it would be important and beneficial for me to be a full time momma and take on all the roles of the house while he continued to build his business and support us financially.  It had worked pretty well up until now...

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Yoga of Parenting

Yoga of Parenting
I recently found the below journal entry and was struck by how relevant and necessary the idea of parenting yoga - balancing the masculine and feminine principles within - is for me still today, increasingly so with each passing day, in fact, as Rowen continues to explore the edges of his development. Here is what I wrote when Rowen was about 5 months old:
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Surrender

Surrender

To surrender has been my mantra for years.  It became my solace in the seven months it took for us to conceive. It became necessary during the many flavors of pregnancy. It overtook me during the process of giving birth. But never was it more relevant or profound than now, here in the act of mothering.  And what a beautiful gift it is...

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