During my yoga practice this evening, my teacher instructed us to pause in between the poses and notice. She encouraged us to focus our attention on the physical effects and subtle energy shifts within our bodies as a result of the previous pose. As I quieted my mind, I was aware of how I felt energized in some areas, yet strained or tired in others. After each pose or breathing exercise, the energy and sensations were in different areas of my body. It was a different practice than if I were just going through the motions until my favorite pose (savasana relaxation, of course!) or focusing on my breath as I flowed through the poses. It felt deeper...more transformative.
In parenting, one can get caught up in a 'highlights' method of paying attention. Wow, she just smiled for the first time! When should we start solid food? I think she just said "Mama"! I can't believe it's his first day of school! Although these 'firsts' and major milestones are important, I believe it is the moments in between that orchestrate the symphony of relationship between parent and child. By simply drawing your awareness fully to ordinary moments, they can become extraordinary. The feel of his cheek resting on your chest. The smell of her hair and skin after a bath. The sound of his laughter. The sight of her bed-head, sleepy-eyed yawn upon waking. These things happen day in and day out. Going without notice, they can be a background noise to your life. But if you turn your attention to those moments...those every day moments which mean nothing, yet at the same time mean the world...your relationship can transform into a deep, beautiful harmony and rhythm which flows throughout your days.
|Ordinary moments turn to magic given the right focus...|
Thank you for visiting the Simply Living Blog Carnival cohosted by Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children, Laura at Authentic Parenting, Jennifer at True Confessions of a Real Mommy, and Joella at Fine and Fair. Continue your reading by clicking the links of this month's posts on what simple living means to our participants. We hope you will join us next month, as we discuss new beginnings!
- The Moments In Between - Amber from Heart Wanderings takes her yoga practice off the mat to focus on the ordinary moments which make mothering magical.
- Simple living - what it looks like to me - Does simple living mean we have to be selfish? And what does selfish mean anyway? Mrs Green from Little Green Blog ponders in search of a more simple life...
- A Simple Life is a Peaceful Life, For Me - Destany at They Are All of Me writes how simplicity is a very necessary part of her daily function and crucial for coping with Adult Attention Deficit Disorder.
- Getting Back to the Basics - Minimalism was the first step toward living simply for Momma Jorje. Now she's got big plans on getting back to the basics of living in order to live a simple, healthy, family-focused lifestyle.
- Simplicity - What living simply means to sustainablemum and how it is woven into the fabric of daily life.
- Simply Living - Sophelia of Sophelia's Adventures in Japan writes about her reluctance to tighten her budget after years of living in poverty, but also her anticipation of the pleasures of simplifying her daily life as she and her husband prepare to adopt a child in Japan.
- The Simple Life: A Work in Progress - Joella at Fine and Fair ponders her idealized vision of simple living and discusses the steps she's taking to get closer to it.
- Simple Living is Simply Living - At Living Peacefully with Children, Bart and Mandy hope to help their children focus on what is truly important by simply living.
- Happiness, not Greatness - Lauren at Hobo Mama discovered that ambitions got in the way of simply being.
- Shifting to Simplicity - At Authentic Parenting, Laura shares a couple of ways in which she tries to simplify her life.