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.
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.