Introducing the Self-Aware ParentMonday, January 18, 2010
The Self-Aware Parent
Welcome to my blog - so happy to be here! Communicating with others is what I consider "soul work." I have something to teach, but I also know I have plenty to learn.
Recently someone referred to me as one of those "woo woo" people - someone who believes in energy, intuition, spirit, and that the universe is conspiring to help us. If you know me well, you hear me use these words all the time, so I guess "woo woo" is a description I will accept.
I view life with a very close lens and I see most experiences as an opportunity for awareness and growth. But don't roll your eyes yet - I have plenty of days where I put the lens down and read People Magazine, watch Friends reruns, or daydream about Edward Cullen. I try to straddle the fence between the world of spirit and everyday reality with the goal to bring them closer together. I am searching for a comfortable place - a way to relax and enjoy life while recognizing its full potential.
I spend the majority of my moments with my children and they are my greatest teachers. Children are the real deal - the definition of authenticity and truth. They are creative, full of emotion, and they are always here, not in the past or future, but here. I have as much to learn from them as they have to learn from me.
To be an effective parent to these little buddhas it is essential that I take care of myself. For me this is not a luxury or an option, but an essential part of life. Self care can be a challenge in this culture, but it's the first step toward real happiness. Dates with my husband and dancing with my girlfriends is a great start, but the most vital part of my self care is silence. This world is busy and loud, and silence is the only way I can hear myself and tap into my own inner wisdom - I have it and you have it. The trick is finding time and space to listen.
I share parenting stories and I enjoy hearing other people's perspective. Everyone, adults and children, just want to be heard and validated. If we could all work on our listening skills and allow others to have their own point of view I think the world would be a much calmer place. Sharing your story opens up new possibilities to realize your dreams and raise your children to do the same. To focus on what you have rather than what you don't and to pull from your strengths rather than hyperventilate over weaknesses. To embrace who you are and let go of who you think you're supposed to be.
If you want these things, stay connected to this blog because I want these things, too. Check out my website for more information www.cathycassaniadams.com, follow me on Twitter (@selfawareparent) or become a fan of my Facebook page The Self-Aware Parent. The greatest gift you can give your children is you, so I challenge you to make YOU a priority.