It's been eight years since I started this parenting adventure with no map and no previous experience. The practices I've learned along the way have been crucial to my sense of confidence and enthusiasm as a mama — especially the practice of meditation. It's shown me that as a parent, my sacred duty is to feel whole, so that my son has an example of his own innate self worth.
This may sound like a bold promise, but you will be a better parent if you meditate and your kids will benefit from your regular practice. Here are some reasons why:
1. We share our state of being with our kids.
Parenting expert Vimala McClure says it best, "A wise mother knows: it is her state of consciousness that matters. Her love creates security."
The truth is that stressed-out parents will likely raise stressed-out kids. If we are rushing around, anxious and fearful of what's next, our kids will absorb our worry. Have you ever seen your kid's face change when you are triggered by stress in some way? Have you ever noticed how your child's behavior can trigger unconscious memories and subconscious reactions you've long since forgotten? And have you ever found yourself acting exactly as you'd sworn you'd never behave as a parent?
Meditation has been scientifically proven to release stress — much of which has been stored in our cells since we were children ourselves.
According to brain scientist and meditation teacher Thom Knoles, each time we sit to meditate, our body and mind begin to identify opportunities for the release of maladaptive stress reactions. As the moments of release begin to accumulate, you're getting more calm and serene each time you practice.