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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