#MomLife: Why Meditation is Important for Moms
When I became a mom, after the first few weeks of sleep deprivation and trying to navigate the daily “be-witching hour” it became clear that a daily thirty-minute meditation practice was no longer in my near future. At the new mom stage, I needed my meditation practice more than ever, but I didn’t have the same time to devote to it as before. So I had to get creative.
When you think of meditation, you may be thinking of monks sitting on a quiet landscape, eyes closed, radiant, blissful, transcendent, and quiet. Yes, the goal is a place of peace. However, you most likely can’t get to those picturesque places of peace as a busy mom. Yogi Bhajan Ph.D brought Kundalini yoga and meditation to the west in 1968. Kundalini yoga, also known as householder’s yoga, isn’t designed for monks quietly sitting on mountains but for use in and throughout our modern-day lives.
As a certified Kundalini meditation teacher, I teach moms to infuse short meditations into their daily lives. You may have tried meditation and found that it doesn’t come easily. Or you might be scared to try it altogether. Don’t be discouraged. Most beginners find meditation daunting because they’ve never taken a quiet moment in their life. One may assume that it’s easy to just shut off the mind, unlike any new activity, it takes practice.
The goal is not only to find inner peace on our meditation mat; we want to be able to bring that peace into every aspect of what we do during the day. Kundalini meditation is a scientific technology and spiritual practice that activates our innate vitality, health and energy through rhythmic movement, breath work, mudras (hand positions) and sound. What sets this apart from the other styles of meditation is its precision to create a result and its practicality and sustainability to fit into our busy lifestyle.
Here are three important results meditation can produce for busy moms:
Become More Alert
When we meditate, we cultivate a healthy balance of alertness and relaxation. Mediation brings alertness, non-judgment, and non-reactivity to difficult moments of life. We learn how to breathe through it and let the emotion pass. We start to pay attention to what’s happening around us as well as what’s happening within our body. We can even be in tune with what’s happening to others. The more relaxed and alert we are, the more we’re able to live with calmness and clarity.
Start Being More In Control Over Your Life
We think over-planning, making sure everyone does what we say assures we have control over our lives. However, with mediation we realize there is very little we can control except our reaction to the unexpected things that comes up in life. Meditation helps us be more relaxed—and relaxed is not resigning or giving up. Relaxed means being more prepared because when some unexpected thing happens you don’t panic. You can take the right steps from a calm state of mind.
Many of our problems are created from over-thinking. With a meditation practice you learn how to notice when your mind is getting carried away and can quickly take a few deep breathes, re-direct it and calmly address the situations at hand. You are less likely to get carried away with what-if scenarios and patterns while using meditation.
A distracted, busy and overworked mom is the norm these days. Many of us experience extreme fatigue due to overexertion. The results quickly point to burnout and dissatisfaction of the frantic and hectic pace of life. Meditation won’t stop your busy life or slow down the pace of those around you, but it can help you navigate toward a life of peace.
There are thousands of different meditations. I select meditations to teach moms how to feel better in as little as 3-7 minutes. I only expect my beginner students to start at a 3-minute meditation practice. That’s totally doable right?
If you’re ready to learn practical meditation and mindfulness tools that effortlessly weave into your daily routine, I’d love to teach you! Join me for 5 Days of infusing mindful moments into your life with the free RESET 5-Day Mindfulness Experience starting March 27, 2017. Sign up here!