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Practice Meditation

Meditation is a term that covers a wide variety of practices with a wide variety of purposes. The most common forms of meditation bring you into the present moment—and, in doing so, they relieve stress, lower the heart rate, boost brainpower, and enhance well-being.

Many forms of meditation are rooted in religion but lend themselves to secular practice, as well. My daily meditation practice is a fairly simple, straightforward practice.

If you would like to try it, here is how:

  • Find a quiet space at a time when your baby is napping or being cared for by someone else.
  • Sit comfortably in a chair with your feet on the floor, your spine aligned, and your arms relaxed. Alternatively, you can sit on a meditation cushion on the floor. If you wish, put your hands together on your belly to help bring your attention inward.
  • Close your eyes. Bring your attention inside to your hara, or belly (located about two finger widths below your navel and two finger widths inward).
  • Breathe slowly and deeply.
  • When thoughts come up, notice them and let them go. Redirect your attention to the place inside your belly.
  • At first, you can practice meditating for 10 to 15 minutes a day. Then slowly increase to 30 minutes as you feel more comfortable and have more time.

Although your baby is not yet able to meditate, he can absorb the calm energy that you feel through your practice. Meditation balances your emotions and clears your thoughts, thus allowing you to parent less reactively and more mindfully. Meditation is a time for yourself, as well as a gift to your family.

By encouraging connection and presence, bringing attention to your baby’s breath, developing his sensory awareness, and practicing meditation, you can pass mindfulness skills to your baby. As Eline Snel writes in the early chapters of Sitting Still Like a Frog,

“You cannot control the sea. You cannot stop the waves, but you can learn to surf on them. This is the central idea underlying mindfulness practice.”

Mindfulness pays off in the quality of your daily life and the daily life of your child.

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