Mindfulness is a practice of being aware of your experience, from moment to moment, allowing it to be just as it is without evaluation or judgment. Over time, mindful awareness of your experiences as a mom, whether they are internal (mental, physical, or emotional) or external (situations with your baby or others), allows you to more and more often approach each experience with curiosity and compassion, for yourself and for others.
Mindful awareness recognizes that each experience is temporary, and with practice, you can learn to ride the waves of everyday life, allowing each one to arise, peak, and pass away, as all experiences do. Mindful awareness can help you notice and derive greater enjoyment from the simple, subtle pleasures of life as a mom – the way the light shines on your little one’s fuzzy head, or the grasp of his hand on your finger - no matter what else may be going on.
The Mindful Motherhood training uses several approaches to integrating mindful awareness into everyday life as a mom, teaching practices like on awareness of breathing, mindful awareness of the body, and mindful movement in the form of the Mindful Motherhood yoga series. In addition to these practices, Mindful Motherhood translates theories of mother-infant bonding, child development and the science of well-being, particularly as they relate to mindfulness, into easily accessible concepts that you can integrate into your everyday life during pregnancy and early motherhood.
The concept shows how the fundamental principles of mindfulness such as acceptance, nonjudging, beginner’s mind, and present-moment focus can be applied to the experience of pregnancy, childbirth, and early motherhood. And most of all, the Mindful Motherhood training is about finding realistic ways that mindful awareness can be gently and compassionately woven throughout the fabric of each day, since the last thing most moms need is something else to put on their to-do list!
It is a way of approaching the ups and downs of pregnancy, childbirth, and early motherhood with open eyes and an open heart. While it may sound simple, for most mothers it’s not easy. It involves learning new skills and seeing the world in a new way.
With practice over time, you are more and more often able to meet what is happening as it is and to make a choice about how to respond that is based on the actual situation and your values, rather than reacting unconsciously or habitually. Each time you do this, you very literally transmit that capacity to your child. Your baby senses that he is safe, that you are solid, and that his own overwhelming experiences are not overwhelming you. Your capacity to remain present and connected lays the groundwork for your baby developing a strong and secure sense of self.
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