A lot of people don’t realize that the Buddha had a child. In fact, I own a book called If The Buddha Had Kids. And when I first heard about mindful parenting as a new mother, I thought, “The Buddha would have felt a lot differently about this whole living in the moment crap if […]
Zen parenting is about embracing absurdity. Parenting, like a perplexing Zen koan, often calls for the abandonment of logic and the acceptance of paradox.
Mindful parenting is not perfect parenting. It’s applying our mindful awareness to the practice of parenting. It is cultivating equanimity, even in the midst of chaos. It’s learning to surf instead of being tossed around in the storm.
Why do we pursue happiness? Does the very pursuit make it harder to find it? Why research tells us we may be pursuing happiness in all the wrong ways.
While sitting in silent meditation, the following thought popped into my head: “Meditation kind of reminds me of Monet’s paintings of the cathedral in Rouen.” Seriously. Read what the Impressionists can teach us about meditation, the self, impermanence, light, sensation, perception, and the fleeting impression of NOW.
Maternal ambivalence is completely normal. What we need to change is our attitude toward ambivalence! On embracing ambivalence with equanimity.
If you’ve ever thought, “I wish I wasn’t a mom,” this letter is for you. To the mom who wishes she wasn’t a mom, there IS a path to joy.
It may be easier to quiet the mind in meditation in a space dedicated to stillness. Learn how to create a meditation space in your home.