It’s easy to fall into a bit of a rut over the Summer, looking for ways to keep your kids entertained. Try to think outside the box, looking to local community offerings and adventures right in your own back yard. For example, teaching your kids mindfulness in nature is easy and has amazing benefits, including reduced anxiety and increased concentration.
In his book, Full Living Catastrophe: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. provides a metaphor to describe the challenges many of us face with the act of “letting go” of thoughts and feelings that cause us anxiety, pain, and suffering in our lives.
Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present and aware of our moment-to-moment experiences as they arise. Becoming a mindful parent does not have to involve a formal, structured practice and in no way implies perfect, calm parenting. Our psychologists at Metta are here to support you in learning ways to incorporate mindfulness into your daily life.