As mothers, we all know what a huge blessing – and monumental task – it is to be the custodian, caretaker, and guide for another human life. While no day is ever the same, the goal of each day is – to be presence, calm, receptive, understanding, and nurturing
But being these things, in the midst of the chaos, noise, and constant rushing can feel impossible.
Even the best-intentioned mothers have the moment of weakness, finding themselves choosing to yell, show frustration, and hurry their children along just because it’s easier.
The need to control what’s happening and the desire to be productive lead to frustration and stress, too busy to do what we know is right, and tempted more than ever to find the fast, easy, instantly gratifying hacks to motherhood.
In other words, today, perhaps more than ever, we are distracted from our maternal intuition of our powerful ability to create life. As creators, we are designed to be creative, to enjoy the freedom that comes with exploration. If we’re not careful, each day that goes by is a missed opportunity to witness the magic of motherhood.
What’s a mother to do to make sure that she doesn’t miss a thing?
Meditation gives us as mothers the powerful reminder of being present – and the beauty of witnessing or being, rather than controlling, the natural unfolding of what life has offered to us.
When we meditate, we remember that we are part of the ever-changing and beautiful life. We remember our children and loves one are also part of the magic. Then it is much easier to connect to the outpouring of gratitude and love that we are. It is much easier to be patient and to be presence for our children, loved ones and ourselves!
Taking time each day to meditate can help us remember to step back and marvel at the sacredness of motherhood and the miracle of watching the children grow. Rather than rushing our children along so that we can stay on our schedule, why not allow your schedule to amend for them? Why not stop an extra moment or two to notice the bug or the flower that has happened to cross your path? Why not laugh as your child jumps on your freshly made bed instead of choosing to get angry or scold?
Being too rigid, too eager to stay in control is a mother’s worst mistake because it causes her to become blind to the everyday beauty that’s in front of her. By meditating, we allow ourselves to move into a space of softness, priming our senses for exploration and joy. Rather than giving in to the world that tells us to do more, be more, achieve more, meditation tells us to simply let things be and to enjoy what comes.
As a mother, there is no greater task, or joy, than doing just this.