When my kids were little and had trouble falling asleep, I used to suggest was that they think of each person they love and imagine sending them good wishes. It sometimes helped them to relax and get into a loving space as they fell asleep.
Are you having trouble sleeping? Or relaxing? Are you worried or restless?
Maybe it's a good time to try the same practice! Want to join me? We can sit and think of people we love and imagine them happy, healthy, and peaceful. It doesn't matter if they're alive or dead, near or far, from the past or present, people we know or just know of and love from afar, we can include them in our loving awareness.
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 helps me find peace with my imperfect journey--being with myself as I truly am, loving my family as they are, and showing up for a messy world with openness and compassion.