Awhile back I decided I needed a trigger, something that would
remind me to let go of my schedule and worries so I could be more
Mindfulness is always one of my aspirations; especially when I'm
with my girls.
But so often the days fly by and I can't tell one day from
another…..I definitely needed a reminder, something
So I chose one of my favorite activities - hugs. Morning,
night or anytime during the day I would hug my girls and just hang
there - reminding myself to breath, slow down and really be
In these moments I was fully conscious of their age, their
voice, their smell….all of the wonderful things about them.
It felt like being transported to their world because children
live in the present. They don't linger in the past and
incessantly ponder the future. They live right now, which
makes it easy for them to realize when we are mentally somewhere
Being mentally busy is often necessary - we need to take care of
ourselves, our work, and our daily life.
But every once in awhile it's nice to quiet the mindless chatter
and just be in the moment - because really, that's what life is -
And as I read my Mother's Day cards last Sunday, I realized that
some of my best moments had been really appreciated.
Mommy, I love our hugs….
Thanks for the hugs….
I love it when Mommy hugs me….
Cathy Adams is a certified parenting coach, yoga instructor and mother to three girls.
See more of Cathy's stories here.
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