Developing intimate and joyful relationships is key to building family wholeness. Modeling this for your children teaches them the foundational elements of creating relationships that add to their lives.
Parents who continue to work on relationship awareness demonstrate that each person continues to grow and evolve through self-discovery. A parent can unknowingly project their own hurts and experiences of their past relationships onto their kids which in turn can cause some unhealthy behaviors and experiences for them as they move into developing relationships.
If you were raised in a religious home, you probably are well familiar with the commandment, “Honor your father and your mother.” I wonder how much we understood what the word HONOR meant. Could it be that this commandment was used to override any thoughts or feelings that we as children had?
It is feeling a lot more like Spring, as nature comes to life with color a pizzazz!
Nature shows us how life can be so grand when everything is in balance- just the right amount of sunshine, water, clean air, and space can make all the difference for a thriving world of nature.
And so too, for us.
Submitted by Guest Writer- Gabrielle Gardiner
It’s no secret that prioritizing your mindfulness is much easier when you have a dedicated space for meditation. Especially when you have a busy household, it’s a relief to have a designated area where anyone in the family can go to recharge their batteries. These days, there’s never been a better time to make a peaceful oasis in the form of an indoor meditation hideaway.
Whether you choose to renovate a spare bedroom, corner of your basement, or even a closet, you will still be glad you have a cozy place for quieting your mind. Below are five great ways to get started crafting a meditation space for you and your family to enjoy.
End Boredom with the Choice Game
During the summer many parents are confronted with how to keep their kids from saying, “I’m bored.” Here is a game that you can use that will actually empower your kids to create possibilities that will begin to create more possibilities for what works for them. Turn boredom into fun and excitement!
Empowering kids to create choices need not be difficult. As a matter of fact it can become a fun game I like to call the Choice Game.
Are You Caught in a Parent Trap?
If so you are not alone.
As I reflect on my early parenting years, I didn't even realize the trap that I had set for myself through the role of parenting. I had no idea that in the process I would lose myself. I took on the responsibility of everyone's happiness in my family. And when things didn't go the happy way, whose fault was it? Yep- mine.
The funny thing is that the more I tried to make everyone happy, the more unhappy our family became. We encountered money problems, control issues, marital struggles, alcoholism, and so much more pain and suffering. What went wrong?
Even in the midst of all of that I could not see how I had set my own trap. I certainly felt trapped. And what I didn't realize was I was the only one who could release the trap and set myself free until "tragedy" struck and it became a matter of life and death that I took the action to begin to set myself free.
What is a shift?
A shift is a change in emphasis, direction, or focus.
Shifts can take us up to being greater or they can take us down to being less.
We have the power to control the direction of our shifts. Sometimes we need to take a dip downward to motivate us to make some different choices to get out of the dumps.
The key to directing our shifts is to be conscious of what we are focusing on. Shift your focus and your whole reality can shift.
Oh my! am I in a state of awe of how wonderfully the Universe works when I am willing to see the changes that will make my life better!
I was reviewing the past Empowerment Insights and I saw how beautifully the dots are being connected to bring me more awareness about how I can truly love myself more and how these added insights (even if they aren't new) show up with more clarity and make more sense to me than ever before.
I am also amazed at the flow and ease from which this all occurs, just by my own willingness and desire to be all of ME.
This week was no different...
While I was working on increasing my flexibility this week, I ran into a limitation that shows up more often than I would like.
that I use to avoid being all I can be.
It is helpful for us to know the difference between our excuses and the truth. I have become a master at convincing myself that my excuse is justified and even honorable, when in fact it is an avoidance and often is hiding a fear that can be addressed and overcome.
Here's an example from my past that may illustrate what I mean about the truth versus excuse that limits.
Becoming more flexible makes for more stability.
If we focus on only being stable, we tend to live a life of resistance and disappointment as we try to control things that are not in our control. What if you can have stability and be flexible at the same time.
I recently heard from Marcus Schmieke, physicist and spiritualist, that the definition of Coherence (Universal Love) is a balance between being stable and being flexible. Just like trees have a stable foundation in their trunk yet are able to be flexible and bend with the wind.
Mary shares her desire to create different possibilities for families and individuals who are looking to live a more conscious and aware lifestyle. BE YOU Parenting is for parents who want to BE all that they truly BE and to allow their kids the same privilege.