Being a parent, I feel I am constantly learning and trying new things. That's why I thought meditating regularly would teach me more about myself. By really committing to a meditation practice, I hope it will help me become a better person and therefore a better parent. I could never find time to regularly meditate aside from the occasional sessions here and there in the past so I would have to start with baby steps. It is nearly impossible these days with a toddler in tow to be be able to devote even a few minutes to something for myself but when I realized that there are some opportune moments in my day- the occasional afternoon nap (and thank goodness that she still naps now) and right before I go to bed. Mornings are pretty much out for me since my toddler wakes up at the crack of dawn practically but there are still minutes that I think I can sneak in some reflective time. I am starting this 28 day meditation challenge this month and while I dislike any type of challenge that can be done in a number of days or weeks I thought I'd give this a shot. I won't endorse any specific meditation practice since it is something I think most people should try to find comfortably themselves but my yoga instructor and mentor back in Brooklyn recommended Sharon Salzburg and I am reading her meditation book now. I still think it's more helpful to meditate with a local meditation group. With my limited time I find with these guided meditations and podcasts available online I could still start out with 5 minutes a day at home. Will meditating regularly make me a better parent? I can't tell for sure but perhaps it will offer me more patience and focus without distractions or clutter or just freedom to be more creative with my toddler. I'll keep posted on my foray into meditating and parenting in the coming weeks as I set out on this challenge.
~ Sung Bin
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