If you can glimpse a moment of peaceful calm in the presence of your baby toddler, you're really onto something - both as a parent and as a human being.
Giving your all
Parenthood is simultaneously one of the greatest joys and one of the greatest challenges of our lives.
We can read every parenting manual under the sun, and yet only through experience do we find our feet with it. And we are constantly battling against the headwinds of change, in our lives and our children’s.
The stresses and strains of life mean we are not always at our best. And when we are not at our best, it is difficult to give our best, even when our love for our child is strong.
How can Beeja meditation help?
When we free ourselves of stress and fatigue through meditation, we are better able to love and nurture our children. We have more energy to play, more attention to give, much more love to share and greater capacity to absorb the constant demands of parenthood.
When we meditate, the brain releases fewer stress hormones. Therefore, if Mum is meditating while she is carrying, fewer stress chemicals will be reaching the womb while baby develops. Thus the little one enters this world with fewer negative pre-programmed reactions to stimuli. Baby is invariably calmer and more content.
In the early days after they’re born, meditation helps us to stay adequately rested by helping us sleep, or by providing a wonderful substitute for sleep when the little one is up all night.
Later on, meditation provides greater creative capacity and adaptive capability to deal with new challenges. It also gives us access to greater levels of inner wisdom and as such our guidance is much more inspiring.
Our greater levels of understanding mean we can relate to our child more, even when they are experiencing difficulty and being challenging.
Meditation also helps us cope with parental anxiety. We can be at ease when older children are out exploring the world and give them the freedom, responsibility and inspiring leadership to behave in ways and make decisions that demonstrate their growing maturity.
They will find they have less to rebel against and we will find ourselves becoming less and less prone to negative patterns of behaviour that may rub off on them. Instead, we can become more of an example for our little ones to follow.
We become more of the parent we had always hoped to be.