Caring For Yourself, Happy Family, Happy Habits, Limiting Beliefs

Meditating Like A Mother

So I want to pick up on my Mindfulness Made Easy post from last week, and talk about the same concept as it relates to meditation. As much I want to meditate, I struggle to fit meditation in. As a work-from-home mom with a preschooler and toddler around, there just isn’t a good and quiet time to block off for meditation.

Or so I tell myself. I have this belief (excuse) about meditation that’s difficult to shake — like mindfulness, I have to do it “right” or there is no point. I have a perfect meditation scenario in my mind — a silent chunk of time with my oil diffuser making soothing water drip sounds as a calming scent wafts over me. And I tell myself it has to be exactly this or I can’t do it. Sound familiar?

I have this belief (excuse) about meditation that's difficult to shake -- like mindfulness, I have to do it
Photo by Lisa Zoe on Unsplash

But why have I decided that meditation has to be perfect or nothing? Because I’m looking for an excuse not to practice? A limiting belief regarding how much peace I’m allowed to feel? I’m not sure. But this “there is no perfect time for meditation” excuse is a big one for me.

Meditation for some is the practice of noticing what bubbles up into the mind and letting it go by concentrating on breaths or a sound. This is the essential piece in my own practice. And once I realized that I could do the same with little people bubbling up into my meditations space — acknowledge them and let go of the loss of my “perfect” meditation environment — suddenly I had more space in my calendar for practicing meditation.
I wanted to share a video I took this week. My purpose for filming my mediation was to share a few deep breaths on Instagram Stories as a sort of calm motivation. But what happened while I was taking the video is so much more what meditating like a mother often looks like for me. Enjoy!
If you are interested in meditation, but never find yourself getting around to it, what excuses do you make to avoid practicing? Are they real barriers or limits and constraints you have made up? Meditate on that for a bit!

If meditating is something you are interested in, what excuses to you make to avoid practicing? Are they real barriers or limits and constraints you have made up?

2 thoughts on “Meditating Like A Mother”

  1. I think I’ve mentioned it before, but in the past 6 years I’ve tried to avoid silence. About 6 years ago I went through a traumatic time in dealing with my anxiety. I couldn’t cope on my own and several issues seemed to collide all at the same time. I saw my doctor and learned more about what I was suffering from. (Why seeing someone before had never occured to me, I’ll never know.) My overwhelming and all-consuming mind would never let me rest and was always thinking and worrying. From as young as 3 or 4 I remember just worrying about the ‘what if’s” He explained about anxiety and so many pieces fell into place regarding why I was the way I was and why I had made some of the decisions I had made over the years. Why my mind could never just shut down. So…long story…I’ve avoided silence since. I sleep with the tv on just to have something there that my brain can grasp on to so it doesn’t wander into unwanted territory. Anxiety truly ruled me for so many years. It was truly awful. Going on meds was such a relief. Now, 6 years later I worry about going off of them. I worry about the silence…these are the reason I have avoided meditation in the past. I am worried about trying it…letting my mind go and just trying to be. I’ll try it out and let you know. Didn’t mean for this to be a “What’s wrong with Sheri post….sorry!

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