Parenting, like life and every other thing, has its ups and downs… Mindfulness is about balance, strength, innate wisdom and beauty. Living in the present moment is not hard to do in and of itself. It’s hard to do because we don’t want to. We’d rather control things.
When things are going our way, we don’t want them to change, and are often surprised and upset when they do change (because everything changes). When things are not going our way, we are often surprised and upset about that too. This doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with us. It means we’re human. It’s how we’re wired.
MINDFULNESS is “to see clearly.”
Mindfulness is defined as, “the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment to moment” (Kabat-Zinn, Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 2003). Parents and guardians of teens can benefit from practicing mindfulness and by encouraging teens to practice mindfulness.
The greatest gifts you can give your teen are:
- YOUR TIME
- YOUR PRESENCE
- YOUR LOVE