My son Ivan is 5 now – almost 6 already! So when a viewer asked me to talk about maintaining a spiritual practice when you have small kids, I was thrilled to try and address it.

I haven’t talked a lot about spirituality and spiritual parenting and all that because frankly, I am still in the throes of it and just maintaining. I am not in “expert” mode. In fact, when Ivan was 2, an entrepreneur asked me to create a course and/or a series of meditations for new moms and I had to tell her I had NO IDEA how to help with that, and also I didn’t have the time, because I was still kind of overwhelmed.

To be honest, when you have even one young child, you don’t get much (or any) time to yourself to focus on things like your spirituality, meditation practice, brushing your teeth, or going to the bathroom in privacy.

So first things first, the one thing you can do without a doubt is practice MINDFULNESS, the art of being fully and totally engaged in the present moment. Really in the moment, appreciating the moment, being 100% totally and completely present.That is a whole spiritual lifestyle if you will, and if you just commit to that when your kids are little, you will be a superhero.

Another thing you can try is to carve out time for your practice, no matter what. Like time in the evening after they go to bed, no matter how tired you are, or time in the morning before they wake up – if that’s at all possible. Nap times can work, if your kids still nap. Otherwise, if you have a partner, call on that person to give you a break at regular intervals so you can focus on your practice.

It is no easy task to juggle doing it all when you have young kids, so be gentle with yourself! If all you can squeeze in is 10 minutes a day, try that – and/or if you want to use this time to devote to mindfulness, it is just about the easiest thing you can do, to engage completely and be here in every.single.moment. In retrospect, I feel like if I had decided that that was the thing I was doing when Ivan was little(r), it would have been easier.

So if you have little ones at home and would like to maintain your spiritual practice, I wish you all the best! It can be done and it should be enjoyable and simple. And once they go to school, you WILL have more time to gather your energy. 🙂

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Signs, Signs, Signs!

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A lot of people have been asking me about signs lately. They’ll notice a certain sequence of numbers, and then see those numbers everywhere: 444, 555, 11:11, etc. Some people will see butterflies, or messages in billboards, or hear songs on the radio. Sometimes, the messages in these signs are ridiculously clear. Other times, not so much. But generally speaking, signs show up because you’re looking for them. You’re expecting them. And so, you notice them. The interpretation of signs is more personal – that’s up to you – but the fact that you’re noticing signs at all points to an interesting facet of the development of your awareness of the seen and unseen universe around you.

Ivan is a little over a year and a half now, and he’s had this habit of pulling books off the bookshelf since he could stand up to reach them. But not just any books. They tend to be books with a message I need. It’s one of the ways I get signs these days. Yesterday, he pulled the book “Sixth Sense” by Stuart Wilde off the shelf and sat in my client chair pretending to read it (upside down). I thought it was hilarious. And then I flipped a few pages, and realized I never really did read the whole thing from cover to cover. It’s a good book! Stuart Wilde is a lot of fun. And I love this quote, on page 38, about the power of noticing things:
“The mind is lazy. It has trained itself to ignore everything except those things that scare it or please it. By forcing the mind to notice things, you engage it, telling it you want to be aware of life. By stimulating the five senses, you bridge to the extrasensory perception of the subtle body.”
He goes on to discuss the importance of just noticing the world around you and putting a stop to the incessant jabbering of the mind, which is all about “me, me, me” and keeps you trapped in the demands of the ego. How much are you not noticing by being caught up in your thoughts? Stuart suggests just becoming aware of the room you’re in, the street you’re on, the details of the world, without judgement. One of my favorite teachers, Sonia Choquette, has said the same thing. I can hear her voice in my head even now, saying “Pay attention.” 
Just…notice.
The more you pay attention, the more your awareness grows. It’s about being here, being present, being mindful. Regardless of whether you’re noticing people walking around you, or the number of license plates that have a “456” in them, you’re taking your mind out of your sense of self and your ego’s perception of reality, and into a deeper, more truthful view of the world around you. You will see more and more signs, and receive more and more guidance.
What signs have you been noticing lately? What do they represent to you?