I haven’t figured out how to fit hour-long meditations into my routine, so my mindfulness practice now focuses on more informal, moment to moment compassionate awareness.
No longer do I attend 1.5 hour-long yoga classes, instead I do 45-60 minute exercise videos or online yoga classes during my son’s naps.
I don’t dedicate a whole Sunday to cleaning anymore – I sweep a room here or there when I have an extra moment.
I shop online – for almost everything.
And in honor of simplifying life, I have decided to make this blog space a whole lot simpler too, with a clear focus and intention: GRATITUDE! Gratitude for the big things and for all the little things that happen in between, for the joyful moments and the challenges. Gratitude for all of the Shits & Giggles of parenting! (More on Shits & Giggles coming soon!)
Here’s how gratitude works: It makes you feel good. Studies show it makes you happier, healthier, and it helps you sleep. Only good things can come from gratitude practice.
Okay, ready? Let’s get started!
THIS WEEK I AM GRATEFUL FOR:
2. My Sister-in-Law, who spends quality time with my son while attending Midwifery school, teaches me about the wonders of coconut, and comes around almost every day so that we truly feel the special connection of family on a regular basis.
3. My sweet nighttime routine with my son that I rush home for every day. We eat, take a bath, breastfeed, read books, and then sing while my son lays his head on my shoulder. I melt!!
4. Sharing a very special night with my creative and grounded girl friends, writing and illustrating on a freshly painted chalkboard wall our intentions and prayers for ourselves, each other, and all the universe.
5. Skyping and Facetiming with our parents, who live nowhere near San Diego but thanks to technology get the chance to see our son eating his yams and splish splashing in the bath.
That was very simple. That was FUN!
Check out this quick video on helping teach gratitude to your children!
Dear Sprout, What are YOU grateful for?
Let’s go – GIVE ME YOUR GRATITUDES!!