A woman who lives with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule will often ache with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul.
As a mom I sometimes find myself so distracted by all my responsibilities that I forget to be present and in the moment. I know I'm not alone in this struggle. I have been striving to find ways to slow down and be more in the moment.
"Be still and know that I am God.....
I found that the Lord kept putting this scripture from Psalms 46:10 a "Be still and know that I am God"..
I've been really praying about what this looks like in my daily life.
Tips to Live More Mindfully
It's my desire to be more mindful in life and in parenting I find spiritual work and connection to be of utmost importance, for me this means starting my day reading my bible and praying that the Holy Spirit would keep me mindful and present so that I'm not as likely to be distracted by those aspects of my life that aren't as important. I often pray in the form of a prayer journal, I find it much easier to express my self in writing, This also helps me in my goal to live a life of gratitude because I'm able to go back through my journal and it reminds me of how faithful and wonderful Jesus is in my life.
As I mentioned above, I find it easiest to express myself through writing, so along with my prayer journal I enjoy blogging and writing down my reflections in a bullet journal. What am I grateful for, what beautiful or funny thing did the kids do today that I want to remember? How can I improve in a particular are of my life? Can I improve on how I handled a situation with my children or husband? Am I listening to my body, resting when I need to and drinking enough water?
What are my priorities? As I think about things like these I write them in my diary or pray about it.
Making time doing something mindful with the kids, such as going for a walk in nature, learning about some fun thing my kids see or find, making time to really have a conversation where I'm not distracted, but rather focused and engaged taking that time to truly listen to what my child has to say, we all like art in this family; both musical and on canvas so we love to paint together and listen to music, we have some interesting conversations during art.
Everything we do is an example to our children, I pray that in striving to be more mindful and in the moment that my kids will be more mindful and present in their lives. So many times my younger boys will see me with my journal they so they go get their journal and we have a moment of sharing, coloring and calm, in this moment we feel so connected and at peace. Its in moments like these that I whisper a prayer of thanks in that moment because of God keeping me present and not lost in the busyness. I don't believe God intended for us to live a life so distracted but one aware of Gods presence and his purpose in our lives. I find such a peace and happiness living a mindful life.
“Mindfulness isn't difficult. We just have to remember to do it.” Sharon Saltzberg
Mindfulness isn't that hard , we just have to train our mind to block out those things we mistake as priority and relearn what is truly important, do I have to do this project now, or can I take a few minutes , however long, to sit and read the book my son just asked me to read? One day this parenting thing will change into a more distant role as my boys grow up and now is the time to make memories and enjoy our kids. I don't think anyone ever went to the grave saying I wish I would have spent more time at work, rather we all know people who said they wish they would have spent more time with loved ones.
I hope sharing my journey to be a more mindful parent can bless you and your family! And please remember tomorrow is a new day to do something mindful.
* If you enjoyed this post you might like one of these posts https://www.theartsyoilsgirl.com/post/my-journey-in-finding-gratitude or https://www.theartsyoilsgirl.com/post/unschoolingquarantinestyle as well!