In the midst of the dark days, the days when nothing seems like it'll ever be okay again, there are seeds of wonder and joy. We can't see them, they're buried deep underground, but they are there. Children--and parents--have an enormous capacity to change, grow, forgive, and love when conditions are good.
How are things going right now in your family? Is there despair in you about something? Your marriage, your baby, your teen, your child's physical health or ability to learn? Or despair about yourself, the feeling that you aren't a good enough parent, aren't skilled enough, have the wrong personality?
Breathe and stay present.
Pay attention to anything, anything positive.
Keep on watering the seeds of love, joy, and goodness in yourself and your family.
Remember that you are a beautiful being.
Remember that your child is a beautiful being.
Be patient. Growing things take time!
I'm a mom, wife, daughter, friend, and teacher who has long struggled with the desire to be the perfect person I imagine that I should be. Practicing mindfulness has changed my life, helping me to make peace with myself as I truly am and to appreciate my family, life, and the world as they actually are.